On 11 Apr 2013, at 18:31, John Clark wrote:

On Wed, Apr 10, 2013, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:

> There is nothing in numerology or astrology which is even remotely as flaky as modern cosmology.

After several statements of this sort I don't see how anybody who values rationality can take anything that Craig Weinberg says seriously.

That is not valid. It is not because a statement made by an entity is not correct that all statements (or all reasonings) made by that entity is not correct (or valid).

To be sure, I would not defend that precise statement made by Craig, indeed. What is true is that some astrologists can be more valid in their reasoning than some cosmologists, of course.

Many scientists have rejected the existence of lucid dreams, only because it was published in a journal of parapsychology. Eventually lucidity on dream was rediscovered by non-para-psychologist and then accepted by the mainstream.

Following authoritative argument, and giving importance to name and institution, are not a valid procedure. It can help the choice of the paper you will read, but it cannot help to judge the 'scientific value' of the paper.



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