[ExI] Retired military officers come forward about UFO visitations

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Sat Oct 23 22:42:45 UTC 2010

On 10/23/2010 5:34 PM, Henrique Moraes Machado wrote:

>>> You just made an
>>> argument of authority.

>> I don't think John did. It looks like an argument from (apparent or
>> purported) credibility. Authority, misused as an argument, seems to me to
>> connote power extraneous to the assertion. Credibility derives from
>> expertise, long experience, absence of duress, history of honesty, etc.

> Don't get me wrong. I don't dismiss the phenomena. What I dismiss is
> the interpretation of it.

Just for the record: I was saying nothing at all about the reality of 
UFOs. I was addressing your claim that John Grigg argued from authority 
(rather than credibility). I don't think he did, and that's an important 

Damien Broderick

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