Is there an English word for a person who blindly believes what is taught in school, information disseminated by mainstream media, what Wikipedia says, etc.? If there is such a word, I would like to put it in the blank in the following sentences:

Reiko is not a _____ at all. She is highly skeptical of Darwinism and the Big Bang theory.

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    What's wrong with those theories? Nov 17, 2023 at 21:21
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    Kids who seriously think they know better than their teachers because they'd rather believe clickbaity websites are what we in the UK call "numpties". Oh, wait! OP thinks it's numpties who believe in Evolution rather than Fairy Godmothers! Nov 17, 2023 at 23:00
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    The Big Bang is the prevailing cosmological model for the universe. How are schoolchildren qualified to come up with credible alternatives? Nov 17, 2023 at 23:04
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    @MichaelHarvey: 'new' method? Looks like the kind of trivial "convergent approximation" method millions of people would come up with independently, if they didn't have a calculator to hand! Nov 18, 2023 at 0:43
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    @MichaelHarvey remember to use the comment thread to suggest improvements to the question, and not discuss the nonsense that is creationism.
    – James K
    Nov 18, 2023 at 5:41

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While I think your example is poor, there are a number of pejorative terms for a person who is easily deceived:

Patsy, sheeple, sucker

In particular "Sheeple" (a portmanteau of "sheep" and "people") is a recent word for people who (it is claimed) are deceived or easily misled by government and big-business.

However, most of the people who use the word "sheeple" seem to be conspiracy theorists.

All the words are casual or slang (and probably not appropriate for a school essay). In more formal context you should use an adjective like "gullible" or "impressionable".

  • Also note, these choices have negative tone, ranging from disapproving to mocking. I'm not aware of a noun choice that would communicate what the OP is looking for with a neutral tone, the way "skeptic" works for the opposite. Nov 17, 2023 at 23:05
  • An excellent answer. Accurate and exact. Nov 17, 2023 at 23:45

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