the "distance" of rumors from an original eyewitness account does not constitute a general reason for skepticism about their veracity. On the contrary, such distance may make belief in rumors more warranted (p. 96).Now, imagine that you are a young Egyptian in January 2011. You hear rumors about a massive demonstration that is about to take place.
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On the other hand, you also receive the following text message:
Youth of Egypt, beware rumors and listen to the sound of reason - Egypt is above all so preserve it.
From an epistemic point of view, what should you believe?