What is a Hoax?

Was "Sybil" a hoax?

It appears that we are faced with contemporaneous evidence, no? A clear-cut confession in black and white. Case closed. The once-thriving cottage industry of MPS (now DID) quack therapies, the academic and sub-academic literature that captivated millions, the made-for-TV movies and talk show triggers … the lamentable lot of it may now be regarded as so much epiphenomenal scratch-and-sniff; a rippling divagation of the hive-mind primed by the event of an opportunistic and closely guarded "hoax." Nothing else to see here, folks. The verdict is in. 

In completely unrelated news, Arthur Butz takes polite issue with Samuel Crowell's contradistinctive thesis.

Memento mori.

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