They are scientists, are they not?
As I’ve pointed out elsewhere, those with scientific training have a binary, black and white view; its either there or its not, its up or its down, its spreading or its reducing.
They have no ability to think critically because they are trained to think logically.
They do not question the orthodoxy they have been taught.
If step one doesnt lead to step two - like it says in the manual - then its wrong.
If its wrong, its cannot be right.
Scientists and engineers are cognitively high functioning - in that they can process and follow high level information and orders - but have little ability to think about why they do things or to see their specialties as lacking in any way. There is no ‘why’ - its all just a series of logical steps.
They are also quite dogmatic about their own fields.
This incidentally is one of the reasons that societies are fracturing all across the world - the advance of science and its influence on governance. Government used to be a tool for populations to collectively impose themselves on the world, now they seem to be a tool to manage unruly populations to fit into some equation or other.
The tail is wagging the dog.