This points to a questionable assumption that is part of the establishment's arsenal: only degreed scientists can practice science.
Two filters keep the uncredentialled, independent researcher out of the loop: (1) credentials, and (2) peer review.
Any time you allege a conspiracy is afoot, especially in the field of science, you are treading on thin ice.
We tend to be very skeptical about conspiracies--unless the Mafia or some Muslim radicals are behind the alleged plot.
An examination of the politicking that Egyptologists deployed to combat this undermining of their turf is instructive.
Self-taught Egyptologist John Anthony West brought the water erosion issue to the attention of geologist Dr Robert Schoch.
Their modus operandi is "The Big Lie" -- and the bigger and more widely publicized, the better.
It does not require a degree to observe and record facts and think critically about them, especially in the non-technical social sciences.
In a free and open society, science has to be a democratic process. The elements of the debate have been batted back and forth since then without resolution.
was at least twice as old (9,000 years) as Egyptologists claimed.
It has become well known as the "water erosion controversy".
Dr Zahi Hawass, the Giza Monuments chief, wasted no time in firing a barrage of public criticism at the pair.