Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id QAA20375 (8.6.9/5.3[ref firstname.lastname@example.org] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from email@example.com); Wed, 17 Apr 2002 16:48:25 +0100 X-Originating-IP: [188.8.131.52] From: "Grant Callaghan" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: RE: Thoughts and Perceptions Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 08:42:20 -0700 Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed Message-ID: <LAW2-F91mIvijyoLTsT00009480@hotmail.com> X-OriginalArrivalTime: 17 Apr 2002 15:42:21.0072 (UTC) FILETIME=[7648E900:01C1E626] Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk Reply-To: email@example.com
>From: "Lawrence DeBivort" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: RE: Thoughts and Perceptions
>Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 07:26:00 -0400
>In the light of Grant's recent attempts to trash Muslims, and his cheerful
>assertions about al-Qaida (knowledge that seems even to elude our
>government), I would have to say that Grant DOES believe that "People crete
>facts." How handy.
A fact is a statement about something. Who else besides people make
statements? The term "fact" refers to the statement's relative truth or
falsity. Since many of the statements we call facts are contested in
scientific journals, there must be some question about them.
So, yes, I do believe that people create facts and that some such statements
are more believable than others. You, on the other hand, may define a fact
differently than I do. You may feel that only statements that are
uncontestable are facts. But the fact remains that even these statements
are created by people and the words used to frame them can often be
contested. Most such statements contain the truth, but not the whole truth.
A bit of the truth can be just as deceiving as none at all. Disproving
statements of "fact" is a common pastime in our society.
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