. . where people seek to support their position with references to other people's (supposed experts) writings . . it made me think of experiences I have had. I have conversed with profs. and others who fancy themselves very well-versed on certain subjects. They also like to reference the articles and books of other notables, as support either for their own position or to list alternative explanations that they think worthy of consideration. When I offered my own guess, the person might say, "I don't hear anyone saying that." To which I responded, "Of course you did. I just said it. Weren't you listening?"
Invariably, the person was surprised that I might think my own viewpoint -- not given to me by an "expert" -- would be worthy of consideration. "Oh, YOU said that . . uh, OK. Well, as I was saying . . " and they never give any other response to my input. Its as if they assume without thinking about it that no real response is needed, and I think that limits those persons' thinking on the subject. While I have nothing against formal education or published authors, many things are not set-in-stone fact. Rather, they are subject to interpretations. When you limit what you are willing to consider, based upon something as superficial as titles and the letters following one's name, you limit your ability to understand the subject matter.
So, I really wish people wouldn't do that, but that is their choice. And, I will still (if I think its worth the effort with a given individual) attempt to move them off that restriction in their thinking . . that only their own interpretation, or that of "recognized authorities", is worthy of consideration.