lemur Posted June 6, 2011 Share Posted June 6, 2011 (edited) What causes people to cling to established authority, even when presented with valid reason to question it? When do people choose to accept challenges to authority as legitimate and when do they resist it? Is there social-political pressure among scientists to defend each other's authority against challenges or do all scientists place reason and empiricism above all other bases for authority? Would you take sides with a crackpot against a veteran researcher if the crackpot presented valid reasoning or evidence against claims of a reputable person? Edited June 6, 2011 by lemur Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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