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Karen: I've noticed that no "authorities" ever bother to cite me, so I generally return the favor.
I've been thinking about this in part because I have made yet another attempt to read Steven Hawkings "A Brief History of Time." Nothing in my background enables me to follow the math.
So, if I were to quote him as an "authority," would the reference have any validity, since I can't follow what he is talking about in the first place?
That is, must one be "close to" an "authority" one's self to begin with before quoting an "authority?"