Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 2
"Only applies to a formal debate..."

"Why is that?

Allow me to clarify for the count although I mostly come here to read the posts of AstroPhool and loren and leave.

Appeal to authority is generally considered to be a fallacy in debates because it assumes that said authorities have greater expertise when that may or may not be true.

On the other hand, some people really do have more expertise than others and can be qualified as experts to give their opinions - like doctors and mathematicians and engineers and scientists in certain courtroom settings.

It may well be appropriate for me to defer to loren if he has demonstrated expertise in mathematics, or to Stephen Hawking if he has demonstrated expertise in physics, or to Jim Hansen if he has demonstrated expertise in climate science.

On a board like this it makes good sense for all of us to figure out who has real expertise and who is talking out of his arse and to decide issues accordingly.
Print the post  


What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.