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  •  It was good of him to state he had no credentials (2+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, FishOutofWater

    up front, I skipped his analysis. Experts have a hard time with this, I couldn't imagine how many opportunities he would have to misunderstand the subject.

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

    by the fan man on Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:05:50 AM PDT

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      johanus, Brooklyn Jim

      I didnt and dont like the word "credentials" for a PhD. This is not about credence. A PhD doesnt mean your words gain authority. It does mean training. You have gone through a years long rigorous scientific training if you have got one. That means its more likely than not that you actually know how to work scientifically, but it doesnt mean that any idea you suggest can claim any more "credence". Ideas at all times have to stand on their own merits. So like Fish said, the important thing was not that he has no PhD, it was that the thesis was not very convincing.

      That also means that one shouldnt stop reading just because someone doesnt have a PhD. One should become extra wary maybe, but not dismiss someone based on a title or lack of it.

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