Argument from authority or appeal to authority is a logical fallacy, where it is argued that a statement is correct because the statement is made by a person or source that is commonly regarded as authoritative. The most general structure of this argument is:
Source A says that p.
Source A is authoritative.
Therefore, p is true.
On the other hand, arguments from authority are an important part of informal logic. Since we cannot have expert knowledge of many subjects, we often rely on the judgments of those who do. There is no fallacy involved in simply arguing that the assertion made by an authority is true. The fallacy only arises when it is claimed or implied that the authority is infallible in principle and can hence be exempted from criticism.
– Argument from authority. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 7 December 2009
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From the day it began
All of us had a great fun
Remember the time on this land
Every great thing we’ve done
With all good memories
Eternally friendship stays
Lies ahead, your golden dreams
Looking back, your golden days
This was a poem I wrote when, if I remember correctly, a friend was leaving Finland. She was a semester student, which means she stayed only half year. I was cleaning up the mess when I found this. It was only a draft paper, and I don’t know if it was exactly what I wrote to her. I put it here so that in case the paper is lost, I’d have this in my blog.
Well, it’s obviously not a good poem. Just live with it.3 Comments