Re: Argument From Authority

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sat Aug 18 2001 - 14:37:39 MDT

Lee Corbin wrote:
> Harvey writes
> > It may appear to be an "Appeal to Authority" to prefer one person's research
> > over another's based on the former being a scientist and the latter being a
> > mystic. But this is not due to their "authority". It is due to their
> > methods. Methods that are reviewable, provable, falsifiable, objective and
> > reproducible are valid for appeal. Those that are not are invalid.
> > "Authority" has nothing to do with it.
> Good. Then we totally agree. All that remains is for you to explain
> specifically what was in the article that you question---rather than
> just the web site it came from or who the author is affiliated with.

Yes, Harvey should deal with the subject matter. Just because someone
uses real facts established independently to bolster a faith based
opinion doesn't mean the facts are not real.

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