posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 01:05 PM
I don’t know about the rest of you but I have noticed that on ATS quite often people cite their expertise as a reason we should believe them or buy
into their theory or point of view. I have done this is in the past and yes to some extent it did work, sort of. The thing is, this really shouldn’t
be the reason anybody win’s an argument because it is impossible for anybody to establish if it is the truth.
It’s not the people who state they work in a particular sector of industry and propose their own professional insight into something that I have a
problem with, it’s the people who make the really bold claims. I am talking about people who say things like “I have studied international
security all my life” now I would say that would qualify a person as an expert in that subject. I have came across it quite a few times, the first
question I ask is always the same “what level have you studied this at” the response is quite telling usually “oh I haven’t studied it
academically but I have read about in books”, in other words you’re not the expert I thought you were rather you are a enthusiast like me. I think
to claim to be a expert in anything you have to hold a minimum of a degree in that subject and further to this have experience working in that sector.
Now yes this is flexible depending on the subject but I think that’s a good bench mark.
Here’s one that doses annoy me, the claim that “I have travelled the world”, yeah good for you but why that mean does I should pay any attention
to everything else you have just said about UFO’s. Worse than that is this question “what age are you”, really why does that matter, the quality
of my thread, sources and logic is what matters not how old you are. Your age and life experience does not make you an expert, it just makes you older
and better travelled.
We have this other generic claim that gets pushed around allot on ATS that I hate, it’s “The average ATSter is above average intelligence”, no
sorry, only MENSA can really make that claim. We might have a higher addiction to the news than the average person but as a group we are not more or
less intelligent than the rest of the public for it is impossible to define how high our collective intelligence. Yes there are some people on ATS
who are clearly incredibly intelligent and there are others who are clearly not running with a full set of chromosomes. Before you ask, I do not
regard myself as being above average intelligence.
The one claim of expertise that annoys me above all else is the “I am ex-military/special forces/CIA” claim. Now those who claim to be ex-military
say the ones who say “when i was in the royal Artillery”, I find easy enough to believe but I know there are bound to be a few who make these
claims who are probably liars. My favourite expert claim is the (I am ex-*Insert random Special Forces or intelligence unit here*” claim. You know
the macho guys who run around telling us how they are all ex SAS and Mossad. First of all if you were, I find it hard to believe that you would go
around telling people about it on the internet especially on a site like ATS. Further to this i find it even harder you would repeat and even hint at
operations you have taken part in or disclose other “secret” information. In my opinion most of these guys are total liars, which is a shame
really because it’s a black mark on the name of those famous regiments.
I would love to find out what qualifies a person as a “subject matter expert”?
In my relatively short time on ATS I think I have came across 3 or 4 people who I would say is a genuine expert on whatever topic they are talking
about. Interestingly these people have only claimed to be an expert after I am convinced they are. In truth however it should not matter if they are
or are not a expert, all that matters is the content of their posts and threads any claim to be a “expert” should mean nothing.