WLN: hearsay is hearsay.
SC: And much of our ancient history is based on second/third hand accounts i.e. hearsay. The writings of Manetho, for example, are largely lost to us with only fragments of his work passed on by the likes of Josephus, Eusebius etc. So we have second/third hand accounts of ancient history. Are you saying we dismiss it all because it is essentially hearsay?
No, we don't do that. What we do is try and find evidence to support those second/third hand accounts of Manetho's writings in order to corroborate and validate as much of it as we possibly can.
And that is what I have done in HOAX. I have looked in detail at the Walter Allen logbook account, seeking clues elsewhere in that text that might help us to determine whether it has presented a true historical account (or not). Allen's logbook account is no longer, imo, merely 'hearsay' as it is validated by other statements within the account and corroborated by other evidence elsewhere.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 14-Feb-19 18:38 by Scott Creighton.