Re: Thoughts and Perceptions

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    Dear 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

    Thanks. :-)

    A concept is not a fact? Well, not by meaning 4, but, sure, by meaning

    When you say, "Gravity is a fact," you may mean something like, "objects
    fall to earth" or "planets orbit stars". Such facts are grouped together
    in our minds. That grouping is a concept. You may also mean something
    like, "There is an attractive force between matter, called 'gravity'."
    Well, there you have an abstraction, offering an explanation for
    observed facts. That abstraction is also a concept. You may mean
    Newton's or Einstein's law of gravity, both concepts.

    "Gravity is a concept" and "Gravity is a fact" are not incompatible.
    Both are true. :-) And that's a fact! ;-)



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