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Topic: How to evaluate the credibility of various sources of information.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jun 27, 2008 03:12PM)
Because this part of the Magic Café is supposed to have a certain amount of veracity, I have sometimes reacted rather negatively to people quoting sources of information that were, to my mind, less than scholarly.

One source I usually have a problem with is Wikipedia; however, their "sibling" -- Wikihow -- recently published this:


This is a very good article.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jun 30, 2008 03:20PM)
An example of an article with little or no credibility would be an article by someone who is a rap musician discussing a secret society that may or may not exist.

It's like basing a religion on a science fiction novel.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 30, 2008 07:51PM)
It's like basing a religion on a science fiction novel.[/quote]

um Bill.... be nice or they will not be nice to you.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 1, 2008 12:18AM)
Who? Martin, Randall, or Percival?
Message: Posted by: mrmagician (Feb 19, 2009 11:45PM)
"It's like basing a religion on a science fiction novel."


He might have been referring to the followers of Xenu. Inspired by Ron Hubbard, the Science Fiction Novelist. You obviously know, but others may not. This is where Scientology erupted from. Oooops, I might have crossed the line. Stay away from that volcano!

Garry Hayes
Message: Posted by: Dick Christian (Feb 20, 2009 08:50AM)

Not only a great article, but Wikihow is an interesting source to be aware of. Thanks for letting us know.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Feb 20, 2009 10:22PM)
Good post, Bill. Not all have the academic research background to know the difference between credible and non-credible reference.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Feb 21, 2009 07:50PM)
One Wikipedia article I recently read stated that Erik Jan Hanussen was not Danish, but was a Czech Jew. This is interesting, because Hanussen was born in Vienna in 1889. So, what is significant about this. Czechoslovakia did not exist until 1918. He was born in Austria. There are two different facts that contradict the statement that he was Czech. Even if he were of Bohemian or Moravian descent, he would have still referred to himself as an Austrian.
Message: Posted by: thehawk (Mar 18, 2009 10:47AM)
Great article Bill.
Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (May 6, 2009 07:09AM)
Thanks Bill, this looks like a good article, I'm printing it out now to read when I get home tonight from work.
I have always distrusted Wikipedia as a primary source, although I will often start there when I am researching something, and follow through the other sources referenced. Often there is good information amongst the muddle.