Re: Thoughts and Perceptions

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Date: Wed Apr 17 2002 - 22:49:44 BST

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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.

    Ain't it?

    How to avoid it?

    Knowledge is a map. The territory is a fact. The twain are not the same.

    - Wade

    Main Entry: fact
    Pronunciation: 'fakt
    Function: noun
    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
    on evidence>
    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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