The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #139115 Message #3190555
Posted By: autolycus
19-Jul-11 - 06:33 AM
Thread Name: Editing Wikipedia
Subject: RE: BS: Editing Wikipedia
"My point is that if we cannot trust any single source, we cannot trust the majority either."
You can never trust any one source totally [except me, of course]. That is true.[ Which is why in any self-respecting book, there's usually a bibliography, some of which can be very long. You have to consult widely to produce a book that's going to have value.]
However it doesn't follow that you cannot trust any source in any way.
A part of a researcher's work is to know HOW to use sources of information. Thus non-professionals like some of us are at a disadvantage because we haven't leaarny how to evaluate sources, which is the crux of the matter.
However you can trust some sources pretty much - like documentary records on Public Record Offices. And anything which has been peer-read should be relatively free of error.