The Fallacy of Equal Knowledge
Thanks for another excellent post Heather. I believe the biggest issue at hand is the link between (2) and (3). How public perception, as well as solutions, could be funneled down to such a narrow scope is the important matter. I believe a lot of this stems from confusing the public and adherence to heuristics as a tool to target alternatives or dissent (use of the words "horse dewormer" and "antivax").
I've had conversations with family about what's been going on and that for most healthy people COVID isn't a large issue as it should be highly manageable, only to be met with "well, then why are people dying?" There's been such a dumbing down of our society for little fragments of information that doesn't amount to much outside of gossip circles, and so it's rather disheartening that so many people have obtained this false sense of arrogance that they really know what it means to "follow the science" when they really have no understanding or idea of what the actual science is.
It's also close to Pilate's Dilemma:
1. Problem: The guy before you obviously has caused some trouble among the Jewish people.
2. Proposed Solution (John 19:6): Crucify him, crucify him!
3. Conclusion (John 19:12): If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar.
Episode 82 is one of the highlights of the DarkHorse podcast series. I linked to it, and cited the description of the fallacy, when I wrote about some particularly stupid piece that had been published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (if anyone is interested, and speaking German: search for "Expertologie" on https://cm27874.jimdofree.com/)
In German politics, the word "alternativlos" (without alternative) has become prominent. Now that Covid has faded a little into the background, we are replaying the fallacy when it comes to giving weapons to Ukraine. You are skeptical regarding weapon delivery? You must be a Putin fanboy!
I believe the term you are looking for is: The Fallacy Of False (misplaced) Concreteness…
Kudos on this post, Heather. It's interesting that you bring up good ol' Evergreen State, especially as you mentioned reading the CS Lewis space trilogy on the recent DH podcast. I believe you were told it is an allegory. I too have been told that is it -- and it's describing his experience in academia!
As to Equal Knowledge, it seems to me in the past it was understood that "values arrange facts" such that people disagree, even with access to the same ones. More recently, there is a preliminary disagreement over whether "feelings are facts" -- which stops the discussion in its tracks.
The Fallacy of You Disagree With Me Because You Don't Know What I Know? It's almost a Fallacy of Unequal Knowledge. An Appeal to the Ignorance of your Interlocutor.