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Reply #232: It's the fallacy of the expert. [View All]

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wolfgangmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 08:07 AM
Response to Reply #193
232. It's the fallacy of the expert.
There is a belief that if someone is an expert is one field then they are also qualified in other fields.

There is a reason I take my car to my mechanic, my body to my doctor, and my taxes to my accountant. I don't take advice on my transmission from my accountant.

There is also the myth of the wisdom of the common man, the belief that all opinions are equally valid no matter the source, of which Twain said, "there is not thing so uncommon as common wisdom." I also don't take advice on cancer from the clerk at the health foods store. One should always consider the source of the information. For example, some people might consider Rush Limpballs to be a credible source. I do not and my opinion of that is based on his track record and he entire lack of credible sources.

These 2 fallacies are 2 sides of the same coin and both exhibit an incredible ignorance.
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