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Posted by M.W.Pearson on March 24, 2003 05:55:49 UTC

Hi Robert,
There has never been a question in my mind whether qualifications are required to post.
However, credentials are one source of support
for ideas. Reference to a source of information
is a valid concern. If any poster refuses to
honor the reasonable requests for 'authority'
on a position, I think it matters not whether they have a PhD or a junior high school education. A few more points:
1) The merits of our ideas are subject
to skeptical review. Merit alone should be enough. I feel qualifications are rightly asked about when the ideas are not defended on merit but by subterfuge and circumlocution.
2) The forum's guidelines ask for source citation when possible.
3) A thorough audit is probably needed for evaluating the claims by any poster that
another poster is being unfair. I think
such an audit, if all the posts are still
in the archives, would show that I was rarely
an instigator of nastiness. My greatest
'infraction' has usually been to find a valid
objection to something being paraded as logic.
But that is exactly what science does. I was attempting not to be nit-picky but balanced -- speaking to a crucial point. A courteous refutation was rarely offered against my replies.
Why was this? Among other causes, I think cherished delusions can be painful to have exposed to healing. That is all I was doing
most of the time. I never felt I had a license to abuse anyone here.

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