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tok thoughts - In the following claim, it says that we cannot write ancient history because we do not have enough information and we cannot write modern history because we have too much information.

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Introduction

1. A person can speak meaningfully about a historical fact. They can tell someone about a event that happened in history. It can make sense if the person speaking about a point and time in history if they know all or most of the facts about it. Someone can speak with certainty about anything in the past if they know the actual facts and understands what actually took place during that point and time. This person would have to learn the information before using it. They can either get their information through primary source documents or secondary source documents. ...read more.

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This effects the study of history because there can be false information on the internet; a person surfing the internet would not know which information is reliable or not. We don't really know whether the information is true or false if we have not studied the information before. For example, anyone can put information onto the internet. Websites , like Wikipedia, give access to internet users to change the information on the website. Now having the internet as a source means that fewer people would use encyclopedias or the library; they would not choose books with factual information over the internet. ...read more.

Conclusion

One way we can get the information that was passed down from generation to generation. This information is unreliable because word passed by mouth over time can be changed to make the passed seem different. It also is saying that we cannot write modern history because we have too much information and most of the information is not needed. There is so much useful information that is out there, but someone needs to determine which information is needed. We don't know who picks and chooses which information is reliable. We cannot distinguish which information is necessary to write about modern history. 4. I think that the ability to analyze evidence scientifically is most important attribute of the historians. ...read more.

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