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August 8th, 2005
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Now that that's over, I can talk about other things!

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Date:August 8th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
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One looks at the lifetime of the rumor, variance of sources, variance in the source's potential bias, etc. All that increases the likelihood that the rumor is true.

This was all interesting, both for similarities and differences. I snipped this part, because I think it's in some ways easier and harder now to determine truth based on those things. We have a lot of sources, more than we do for ancient history. And widespread communications mean we can get sources from many different places. But OTOH rumor spreads farther and faster now, so it's much harder to know that the various sources weren't influenced by one another in some long chain of influence...
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