At what point are you considered knowledgeable enough to just know stuff without having to cite everything?

At what point are you considered knowledgeable enough to just know stuff without having to cite everything?

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  1. If the statement you are making is within your field of expertise then it can generally be accepted at face value, however, regardless of this, if the claim you make is extraordinary or defies common knowledge, then you will need to have some kind of source or evidence to back it up.

  2. Never, depending who you’re talking to.

    If talking about arguing stuff on reddit, expect people to demand sources for opinions and personal experiences. All you can do is ignore these people.

    If you’re writing an article, or a paper, then maybe have your sources in order.

    Especially in 2022, there are people who’d demand a source for saying two and two is four. It’s a strategy for bogging down your argument. Not to mention people who simply can’t think for themselves, so they can’t fathom someone else figuring something out. To them, nothing is real unless their authority, usually the television, tells them it’s real.

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