Saturday, November 21, 2009

Why Argument from Authority is a Logical Fallacy

While it is nice to have people with specialized education, that doesn't change the fact that you are still an idiot. Another Richard Gage groupie pops up promoting a showing of Loose Change v 4.0.

I have been a registered architect in Tucson for 36 years, and was also licensed for general building and heavy construction at approximately the same time. My formal education consisted of an undergraduate education in modern history from Yale, and a graduate education in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture. I have practiced in Arizona and other states and abroad. I am listed as an “expert in building technology, housing, and human settlements” by the United Nations Habitat Program. In mid-career I was honored with a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. I have lectured at many Architecture Schools, and for six years was an adjunct faculty member of the graduate program of Architecture at MIT.

Impressive resume, now what does he claim?

Video analysis of the World Trade Center collapses and forensic examination of the debris show that the buildings’ concrete and glass and all contents were reduced to dust of less than 100 microns in mid air.

All the contents? Nothing survived?

Aviation fuel burns at approximately 1700 degrees, steel gives way at approximately 3000 degrees.

3000 degrees? God I hope this guy is not in charge of fireproofing buildings.

All three of the World Trade Center buildings which collapsed (Buildings 1, 2, and 7) fell neatly into their own footprints with all of the characteristics of a controlled demolition destruction.

OK, hold that thought...

All three buildings at the World Trade Center (Buildings 1, 2 and 7) collapsed at free fall speed. This is only possible if the vertical structure had been removed. Fifty ton columns were hurled laterally for hundreds of yards.
Gravity forces are vertical, not horizontal.

But you just said it fell into its own footprint! Nice to know gravity works vertically, considering these geniuses have been telling us that the building should not have fallen straight down "through the path of greatest resistance" for years.

At the Pentagon it has not been explained how an aircraft with a 140 foot wingspan, a 40 foot high tail, and 2 five ton titanium engines could disappear into a 20 foot diameter hole without leaving any other damage to the exterior of the building.
No other damage? Has he ever seen a photo of the Pentagon after the crash?

The Pentagon is the most secure military location in the world. The Pentagon is surrounded by hundreds of security cameras, and by missiles that deploy automatically if an aircraft enters the Pentagon’s restricted air space without the correct transponder in the aircraft. Yet the government even under court order could produce no photo of a plane hitting the Pentagon and no missiles ever fired.

Oh God, missiles at the Pentagon. The last bastion of the moronic.

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