At 13:27 11/1/2002 -0900, BLT wrote:

It seems to me that an honest scholar would just stick to writing things he can authenticate using the documentary record, or at least the archaeological record. In the absence of such records the author isn't just engaging in unfounded supposition, he is engaged in irresponsible guessing and wild speculation. That is, he is just making up the story. Such a book is fiction, not nonfiction.

Ah, yes, but now it becomes part of the scholarly record, to be quoted ad nauseum, with the wild speculation becoming more and more a concrete truth with every scholarly citation.

Till

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