Some Preliminary Issues and Distinctions

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Some Preliminary Issues and Distinctions  Sources of Beliefs about the Past What are some of the different ways in which one can arrive at beliefs about the past? One very  familiar way is via memories of one's own experiences. But one also learns about the past  through the present testimony of others. These two sources, however, on their own, can provide  one only with beliefs about experiences that presently existing people have had, and events that  they have witnessed. A third source of beliefs about the past that can take one beyond information about the  experiences that presently existing people have had, or about events that they have witnessed,  consists of traces of the past. Here the idea is that beliefs about present states of affairs can be  combined with information concerning scientific laws to enable one to draw conclusions about  earlier states of affairs that have given rise to the present states of affairs. The term "trace" is sometimes used to refer only to relatively complex and intrinsically 
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