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Comment 139 by bobcat1 :

Who determines what or whom is an expert and what or whom is an idiot? I'm guessing, from your comment, that you would consider yourself qualified to make that call ?

Let's rephrase the question shall we.

If someone makes a statement then how can we decided whether to accept it

Essentially you are asking what is the warrant for the person's testimony. There are several factors which contribute to the credibility of testimony:

  1. Is the person an authority on this subject?
  2. Do they have appropriate background and training to make them a credible source.
  3. Do they have a good track record in this domain of discourse
  4. Is there a clear basis on which the person reached the conclusion?
  5. Does the person have a bias or vested interest?
  6. Do other credible sources disagree?

Mon, 28 May 2012 10:27:36 UTC | #943943