|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #38|
Recently, I saw a group of my fellow nerds, all of whom should know better, try to pass off celebrated credentials as an argument.
"So-and-so said it so it must be true!"
This wasn't just lame. It was from where lame crawls off to die. I won't ask what happens if someone comes up with a conflicting source (and they will).
Ask yourself this: How bad must an "authority" be if none of his or her intelligent students/fans/readers can cogently present any of the things taught to them?
Please understand two things:
1. Squirrels don't live forever; and,
2. If any of you ever presents "Because Earl said so" as a complete explanation or defense, know that I will track you to the ends of the earth and haunt you for all eternity.