I'm all for avoiding a flame war, which is why it's so upsetting to see someone like Magneto making personal attacks on my educational background (as well as others) as if it somehow added substance to his arguments. Have you bothered to take the issue up with him, or do you only reserve your complaints for people who disagree with the things you write? In any case, even if I was a high school dropout, it wouldn't make any difference- we're chatting anonymously on the internet as if this was some kind of cafe, it's not a physics symposium. I never asked anyone to believe something just because CptBork and his partners in crime said it was true. Magneto wants to further his own arguments by claiming that my work isn't taken seriously in the scientific community. I could have chosen to keep silent on the issue, but I'm perfectly entitled to refute his claim, since it's a complete farce- big time money is being spent, and my research is having a major impact on how that money is being spent and what the future priorities will be, for better or worse. It doesn't mean I'm a hotshot superstar- there are hundreds of scientists involved in this project who are in a position to cause major budget overruns if they screw up- but my competence is clearly trusted far enough that my results have been used to influence real, substantial decisions, to the point where I myself have had to caution them about the tentativeness of these results.