[HNW] class on researching mistakes

Christina L Biles bilescl at okstate.edu
Fri Apr 25 07:20:27 PDT 2003

I said:
If Arnold contradicts Linthicum, is Arnold
>automatically correct?

Chris replied
>>In historical textiles, I actually don't think this is a bad starting
[stuff I agree with snipped]
>>I'd say Arnold _is_ better than Linthicum overall, at least where
they are both discussing the same subject

I reply:

I wasn't being clear.  My point was the blind assumption that the newer
source is _always_ correct.  I agree that Arnold is probably correct in a
one to one comparison of subject between Arnold and Linthicum, and almost
always correct in a comparison with Norris, but Arnold is not infallible.
If two authors disagree, it is the researcher's responsibility to evaluate
the evidence, not to blithely assume that one is correct.


More information about the H-needlework mailing list