Principle 1: Credentials are not an argument.
Example: "You say Theory X is wrong...but don't you know that Theory X is supported by Nobel Prize winners A, B, and C, not to mention famous and distinguished professors D, E, F, G, and H?"
Suggested Retort: Loud, barking laughter.
Alternative Suggested Retort: "Richard Feynman said that 'Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.' And you're not going to argue with HIM, are you?"
Reason You're Right: Credentials? Gimme a break. Nobody accepts received wisdom from sages these days. Show me the argument!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Noah Smith on the Seven Principles for Arguing with Economists
Posted by Abi. Posted at 6:47 PM