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Posted by: Mnemonic ( )
Date: October 04, 2011 05:50PM

I was playing around with the new Google Ngram Viewer. I decided to search for the term "Tribes of Israel" and got some interesting results.

The phrase "Tribes of Israel" started an upward trend in 1795 and peaked in 1810 (when Joseph Smith was 5 years old). It then started another upwards trend around 1830, no doubt because of Joseph Smith. Obviously, this term was the subject of quite a bit of writing around the beginning of the 19th century by people other than Joseph Smith. If a book about the lost tribes of Israel was an original idea then you would expect little or no activity before that idea. The fact that it was written about before Joseph Smith, and especially as a child, shows that he's a fraud. If it was his original idea then I would expect the graph to look more like the one for "Calculator".

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/ngrams/graph?content=Tribes+of+Israel&year_start=1790&year_end=1850&corpus=0&smoothing=3


Another interesting search term is "Moroni":

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/ngrams/graph?content=Moroni&year_start=1790&year_end=1850&corpus=0&smoothing=3


"Calculator"
http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/ngrams/graph?content=calculator&year_start=1790&year_end=2010&corpus=0&smoothing=3

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Posted by: apatheist ( )
Date: October 04, 2011 11:18PM


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Posted by: Fetal Deity ( )
Date: October 04, 2011 11:46PM

Those are some interesting findings you've made, Mnemonic. Thanks for the links--I've bookmarked the site for future exploration ... I LOVE this kind of stuff!

(Not sure what SusieQ#1 means by this post being "OT" ?!?!?!?!?)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/04/2011 11:49PM by Fetal Deity.

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Posted by: SusieQ#1 ( )
Date: October 05, 2011 12:49PM

Fetal Deity Wrote:
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> Those are some interesting findings you've made,
> Mnemonic. Thanks for the links--I've bookmarked
> the site for future exploration ... I LOVE this
> kind of stuff!
>
> (Not sure what SusieQ#1 means by this post being
> "OT" ?!?!?!?!?)


OT = Old Testament.

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