Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
That is the one of the tools historians have to work with. Certainly that has to be tempered with the mind-set of the times, but new tools often provide new understanding. Calling it a "sport" is understandable sarcasm, but what else would you (not you, specifically, but the generic "you") recommend... suspending all academic historical research because of the possibility of doubt? If so... then lets just talk gear.
Speculation about so-called mental disorders that have highly dubious validity even today can hardly be considered a "new tool." Neither can speculation about criminal intent. It is conjecture that lacks the most important piece of information-the person in question, who is not present and can say nothing in their own defense. This is not to defend Carroll of anyone else from wrong-doing they might have wrong-done (if any), but to defend him and the Poes, Dickinsons, Woodmans, Maiers and many other creatives from conjectural posthumous psychiatric "diagnosis", criminal accusation.