How to not depend on authority

When making an argument, it is easy to defer to a known authority. Of course, the known authority itself is usually derived from social proof. This means a few things need to happen:

  1. An act of proof needs to be performed
  2. The act needs to have measurable results that can be confirmed in some manner and used to make a conclusion.
  3. The act needs to be repeatable.

This is the basis of science. As a result, science is the answer to thinking independently from the rest of society. While agreement is good, it should come from independent analysis.

Science is how we allow society to prosper without relying on centralizing a power.