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History Right or Wrong- Not all of our histories are accurate records that for good or bad reflect the true course of events This could be in certain instances because the author was not as careful in his research which as an historian he must be or in other instances because the author has some ulterior purpose6 or simply because the writing of an accurate history is an impossibility For in all historical inquiries we are dealing with facts which themselves come within the control of human will and human caprice and the evidence for which depends on the trustworthiness of human informants who may either purposely deceive or unwittingly mislead A man may lie he may err Freeman Race and Language A further reason is that as every lawyer would know people tend all too readily to accept hearsay Men accept one anothers reports of past events So impatient of labour are most men in the search for truth and so prone to jump to ready-made conclusions Thucydides At any rate if one subscribes to the skeptical school all knowledge is but a belief an opinion a theory And while it is so that nothing is for sure we must nonetheless proceed at some point to classify certain of our theories as knowledge What happens in real science in real life is that we build on our knowledge which in the final analyses is but a mass of theories that have been held up and exposed to testing unabated over long periods of time and because these theories have never been falsified as apposed to being proven right which in the nature of things cannot be done they become part of our store of human knowledge7 I should say in passing that we are obliged to continue to hold up and expose to testing even our most used and trusted knowledge the plain fact is that there is not a
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