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There is no authority. Only evidence: evidence processed by theory, the theory tested by falsification.
Substituting the expert for the expertise seems to be an indelible characteristic of kleptocracy. A society which would chose reason as a survival tool must demote all human authority to “opinion: probably politically motivated.”
Notice: and remember: Human authority has a poor record with regard to truth.
That includes human scientific authority. Science is our best chance. Therefore it’s essential that scientists remember the ideal humility of their art. Science priests are the last thing we need.
Kleptocratic authority is incapable of understanding what is said to it, incapable even of imagining that it ought to understand. No: such “authority” is the teacher. Authority has no need to learn.