A general book like Diamond's is not "part of the scholarly record." It's
intended for the general public. For those who want scholarly treatments, he
provides a long list of recommended reading related to each chapter of the book.

"Elmer L. Fairbank" wrote:

> 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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