Offline Pinky

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Is it okay to base an argument on the numbers that he measured, even though we cannot confirm that his experiment was done correctly?

Are his numbers to be considered estimates with the caveat of a certain error of accuracy? What is our estimate for the errors of his numbers? 1%? 10% 1°? 0.1°? 5°?

Or are his experiments deemed not quantitatively correct at all (and the numbers not trustworthy) but qualitative observations that point to a basic conclusion?
In that case we should be careful, because we then don't know how trustworthy Rowbotham's conclusion is. All we would end up with would be a conclusion whose validity could rank anywhere from completely true to mostly true to mostly false to completely false. We wouldn't even know whether to trust Rowbotham's conclusion or not.