Criticism 5: There are important scholars who disagree with I&I, some even strongly

Disagreement is what happens in scholarship. If disagreement were a barometer of truth, only those in power would ever be deemed correct.

Further, this criterion lends itself to selective application, which I find rooted in the cult of the personality. To appeal to well-known scholars who disagree (while ignoring those who don’t) is one of the most basic logical fallacies: the argument from authority.

True scholarship will die in such an environment.