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We the people... are not qualified for the job

Permalink 09/10/09 at 06:56:59 am, by Ed, 196 words   English (US)
Categories: General

I remembered hearing once the following argument (paraphrased):

If you cite your credentials as a basis for asserting something given certain facts, then it must be true that most if not all others with the same credentials would make the same assertion. Otherwise, one of three possibilities exists:

  1. You're making it up
  2. You are not citing the correct credentials
  3. You have a bias to the given facts which obscures the truth

This last option bares digging in to. If your credentials give you a basis to talk about a subject, but you then apply your own (political/gender/religious/etc.) bias to the facts, then you obscure the "correct answer". In short, when answering a question asked based on your credentials, make sure that you don't apply a bias, or else your answer will be moot.

So here's the problem: If a group of people are asked a question of vital importance, and come up with wildly varying answers, then perhaps they are not the group of people to be asking. In short, we the people, are not qualified to answer the question of "Who should be president?". Our credentials simply don't apply to the situation.

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