You Cannot Critique Hawking Because You’re Not a Physicist!?

By Arthur Khachatryan

Since publishing the article, Can the Universe Create Itself? I’ve had some people objecting to what I wrote, specifically regarding my critique of Hawking. Since there is a common pattern among these objections and so much confusion and bad thinking, I wanted to respond to those objections instead of posting endless individual responses on various social media platforms. Is it really wrong to critique Stephen Hawking’s claims because of a lack of relevant expertise in Physics? Can the general public not critique Hawking?

First, I want to point out that this objection to my critiques is a logical fallacy. It is a variation of the informal fallacy of a faulty appeal to authority. More accurately, it’s a negative corollary of the fallacy, which commits the non sequitur fallacy (does not follow). The faulty appeal to authority has a few forms. The particular one in this instance is as follows…
 

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