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Re: [civilwarwest] Historical method

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  • Laurence Schiller
    Perfectly put. regards, Laurie Schiller
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 19, 2007
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      Perfectly put. 


      Laurie Schiller

      On Jun 19, 2007, at 10:12 AM, hank9174 wrote:

      This was posted recently in another forum, about a different topic,
      but somehow stuck in my mind ;) The name was changed to protect the

      "John Doe must know an incredible amount about the Civil War history
      to be able to accumulate the few stray facts that kind of, sort of,
      maybe, almost, support his beliefs.

      99.99% of the available evidence contradicts what he writes. That he
      can find that needle that confirms his theories in the haystack of
      historical truth is remarkable.

      More knowledge is not the solution.

      What is needed is a useful historical method.

      What John Doe does is to turn Karl Popper's philosophy upside
      down (Karl Popper: Logically, no number of positive outcomes at the
      level of experimental testing can confirm a scientific theory, but a
      single counterexample is logically decisive: it shows the theory,
      from which the implication is derived, to be false.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Popper ).

      However, for John Doe, no amount of contradictory evidence can shake
      his beliefs, but a single example can decisively confirm them.

      Confront John with a million documents, he will reply with one that
      supports him and will believe that he is right and you are wrong. "


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