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I have a friend, who really likes to argue (or seems to), but she frequently uses appeals to authority (<insert big shot name> here says <insert conclusion> so it must be true).
It annoys a lot of us when she does this. Even if the conclusion is true, it yeilds little insight, when used as a means to convince.
This is different from the including sources (the reason to include the source is so the source can be scrutinized, not so that it is used as a means to convince because some "authority" claims it).
Anyone else find it incredibly annoying?
Anyone do it themselves (again I can't stress enough the difference between including a source for scrutiny, and appealing to it as an "authority")? Why do you do it? What would it take to make it stop?