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Old 04-16-2019, 10:53 PM
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Let's just say that an "unreliable" news source tells me that when someone dropped a 50 kilo rock off a twenty story building it landed on a person's head with great force and killed them. I have no problem believing that because, regardless of who said it, it jibes just fine with observed reality and the way that 50 kilo rocks dropped from great heights usually behave. Let's also just say, for the sake of argument, that a very reliable source, like the NY Times for instance, reports that the very same 50 kilo rock, when dropped from another 20 story building, actually bounced right off a person's head and did them no harm at all--in fact, it bounced off several people's heads in sequence doing no harm to anyone at all. Does the reliability of the source automatically lend probity to the otherwise extremely unlikely story?