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From: Dr Gosia O'Reilly (
Subject:         On the topic of "authority"
Date: October 6, 2014 at 6:01 pm PST

In Reply to: Doug Graham... Still the Best posted by Maltron on October 6, 2014 at 2:21 am:

May I suggest that the label of "authority" gets dropped? It really gives the raw movement a bad flavor.

As an illustration, in scientific environment, of which I am part of, we do not use self-aggrandizing labels. If a young, inexperienced author of a submitted paper does this, they get kindly reprimanded and such words disappear from the submission. Peer-reviewed scientific research published in internationally acclaimed journals shares findings of research, not self-promotions. I have been to various international conferences, have met and collaborated with various scientists from all over globe, including some of the most accomplished scientists. None of them has the "authority". Many have a lot of experience and knowledge. They all make mistakes and they all learn. This is how knowledge evolves.

The word "authority" seems to be often used by quacks, who try to lift their status using means of self-advertizing and false claims. Do we want the raw movement to be seen as the source of quackery?

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