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Well, you can read the references on the wiki site, and then you can go on Osmanagic's references and read his references.

The point is that you have to assume that the non-specialist can understand the references and judge their credibility. An appreciation for what constitutes a properly sourced or poorly sourced claim is necessary. Unfortunately, that's not innate knowledge, it's to a certain extent a learned skill, as is "critical thinking". You have a PhD, so one would assume you have that skill, and the critical thinking. Not everyone is so fortunate. And you may not be able to convince somebody else of your own conclusions regarding credibility.

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Aug 27th, 2012 at 11:28:39 AM EST
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