Delegation of Authority to Individuals

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Can there be delegation of authority to individuals?

In many scientific communities, certain individuals appear to hold an esteemed role in dictating the appraisal of theories in that community. In certain cases, this might appear to constitute a case of the community delegating authority to this individual. Consider for instance, the case of the art market delegating to Maya Widmaier-Picasso and Claude Ruiz-Picasso the authority over the authenticity of the works of Picasso.1p. 44 Is this a true case of authority delegation? If so, this might imply that individuals can be said to bear their own distinct mosaics. Conversely, if this is not a case of authority delegation, can it be explained as a case of sociocultural factors influencing theory acceptance?

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan, Calahan Janik-Jones and Patrick Fraser in 2018. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community.

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  1. ^  Loiselle, Mirka. (2017) Multiple Authority Delegation in Art Authentication. Scientonomy 1, 41-53. Retrieved from