“So,” said Daddio, “find two witnesses to establish a truth. Then look at the witnesses you've found and ask, ‘Is he is paid to say that? Is he trying to get power and position? Or is he justifying the way he wants to live?’

“In the case of dinosaurs we have the bones paleontologists dig up and the evidence of how animals with similar skeletons look and live. We also have Job's description. By these two witnesses we can know that at least some of this type of dinosaur lived as recently as a few thousand years ago.”

Seric made a face and looked up from the dinosaur book he had continued to page through while Daddio was talking.

“But what I want to know is; are there any dinosaurs in the forest?”

“No!” JudyLucy exclaimed, and everybody laughed. When they were quiet again, Daddio summed up his storiosaurus:

“In my time in this world, I have found that any particular side of an argument will find some area of truth and use it as a basis for all the other stuff they make up. Always take for truth the things that validate themselves. Don't be afraid to tell someone that most of their story is apparently made up, even if you don't have a better answer!

“Then other people will say, ‘The truth is somewhere in the middle of the two sides.’ I have never found that to be the case. Don't let the fact that they don't care about the truth rub off on you. Always do your own looking and reading, and ask if they have done theirs.

“Still others will simply say, ‘Question everything.’ But if you have never done any observation then your questions will be pointless and stupid.”

“Don't ask stupid questions!” America interjected.

“Right,” said Daddio. “Don't ask stupid questions. And don't be afraid to look at the arguments that are being forced down your throat. Most importantly; don't be afraid or too lazy to carefully look for truth.”