Bringing up credentials in a context in which a person questions the basis for your assertions is not an appeal to accomplishments.
Uh yes it is Jeremy.
If you can't make a good argument for which you are discussion and then pull out your cred in order to justify poor arguments, that is an appeal to past achievments rather than THE ACTUAL ARGUMENTS.
That is my entire point which you and the others here have consistently missed.
Arguments matter not the papers that are framed up on the wall.
Guess what Jeremy, there have been plenty of people who have PhDs that are total hacks.
It doesn't make you an expert at anything.
It's an appeal to experience.
Outside of the degrees what experience then?
Because working towards those degrees are not real life experiences. Period.
It's saying, in essence, "I know about this topic because I worked on it for hundreds/thousands of hours, wrote a thesis/dissertation, took qualifying exams, etc., so I have a lot of experience with it, and that experience/those papers/exams have been confirmed by my peers in the field (i.e., thesis/dissertation committe, department chair, etc.), leading to my degree." It is most definitely not saying "I have a degree and you don't, therefore I am right and you are not."
We don't know what he did to work for it, all we know is he has papers.
Again it doesn't matter. Stick to the arguments because the proof is in the pudding.
And let's not get into the standards of higher education on getting those degrees. The majority of all bachelor degree graduates have retained zip from their education.
but please do not attempt to reduce the very hard work that goes into getting a degree into an excuse by arrogant people to wave their credentials in other people's faces.
Where is my reduction? Getting defensive now Jeremy?
And yes that is EXACTLY what he did above. You clearly need to work on reading too.
That's not what it's about, and it's a rather ugly stereotype to be propagating about other people just because they've worked really hard on something that is important to them.
OK so what?
I don't know what you do for a living, Achronos, but I would think you would find it very inappropriate for someone to seize upon it in order to make you out to be a jerk when you're just doing what you've been trained/trained yourself to do in order to work and live.
That doesn't make any sense.
Go ahead and disparage what I do for a living.
I am satisfied and happy with my decisions in life, and I don't feel the need to point to any of it to assert me being better than others here.
Nor do I need to point to my credentials in order to make an argument.
scamandrius has done this in the past, this is not just the first time.
You see Jeremy, older people love to point to their own successes in the past as a means to overcome their own personal problems with age and then pass that judgment over younger people such as myself because hey we have more upside.