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On Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at 04:34 , Richard Brodie wrote:
> A fact
> is KNOWLEDGE of a real phenomenon
The real phenomenon is a fact. Knowledge about it is just that,
knowledge about it.
Call it a philosophical distinction, but it is one that needs to be made.
How to avoid it?
Knowledge is a map. The territory is a fact. The twain are not the same.
Main Entry: fact
Etymology: Latin factum, from neuter of factus, past participle of facere
Date: 15th century
1 : a thing done: as a obsolete : FEAT b : CRIME <accessory after the
fact> c archaic : ACTION
2 archaic : PERFORMANCE, DOING
3 : the quality of being actual : ACTUALITY <a question of fact hinges
4 a : something that has actual existence <space exploration is now a
fact> b : an actual occurrence <prove the fact of damage>
5 : a piece of information presented as having objective reality
- in fact : in truth
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