Thomas Gold was right. Everybody else was wrong.
It's easy to tell where the truth lies. What is the majority consensus? Whatever it is it will nearly always be the opposite of the truth.
That's because a majority consensus is tailored to be so simple the least intelligent member of that consensus can grasp it, assuring it will be idiotic and utterly invalid.
The reason that orthodoxies are defended so viciously is that the adherents of the orthodoxy don't waste any time thinking about their own convictions.
Kudryavtsev nailed this in the late 40's. Think of all that time passing with geologists wasting their efforts because of this junk science. Trillions of dollars spent looking for oil in the least likely places to find it, the whole while the Russians just pumping crude up like there is no tomorrow. The strength of free societies is supposed to be the rapidity with which they absorb new ideas that have merit. Obviously our society hasn't been free or a meritocracy in a long, long time.