Title: Things not known

Authors: Richard F. Hamilton

Addresses: The Mershon Center, Ohio State University, 1501 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201-2602, USA

Abstract: Discovery and reporting are probably the two most important tasks facing responsible intellectuals. A serious problem appears, however, in regard to the linkage of the two efforts. Some authors provide conclusions without having undertaken the prior task of investigation. The problem appears in many works of popular writers, biographers, historians, social scientists, journalists, and free-lance commentators. Responsible intellectuals should reject such procedures but with remarkable frequency many authors continue to provide what may, appropriately, be termed 'declared truths'.

Keywords: declared truths; unlikely claims; public opinion; dubious reports; discovery; reporting; responsible intellectuals.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2013.052985

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2013 Vol.10 No.3, pp.233 - 244

Published online: 29 Mar 2013 *

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