Carl Sagan on Arguments from Authority in Science

One of the great commandments of science is, “Mistrust arguments from authority.” (Scientists, being primates, and thus given to dominance hierarchies, of course do not always follow this commandment). Too many such arguments have proved too painfully wrong. Authorities must prove their contentions like everybody else.

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World, 2011, p. 28.

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