Tuesday, April 23, 2019

the guarantors called facts

The more facts you gather, the closer you get to the truth:

I read that somewhere yesterday (newspaper?) and wondered a bit. Surely it is sort of true -- true in a socially-pleasing sense -- but is it true? I doubt it. Facts point to the truth, but is the implicit promise that eventually facts will cough up the truth goods reliable? No, I don't think so. Facts make people less stupid and that's always nice, but as keepers of some The End chalice, facts don't really cut the mustard.

In my hand, let us pretend, I hold a rock. It is a rock, and that is a no-shit fact. But is it a "rock?" Serious up for a minute. Gather as many facts as you like ... more and more and more and more ... and does the truth of a rock really display its luster?`

I think it's something to consider: Facts are nice. Being less stupid is nice. But are facts the best -- the closest to what may or may not be called true? And if not facts -- based on empirical evidence -- what then?

Something to consider.

1 comment:

  1. You have used circular reasoning. By calling the object a “rock,” you’re saying that you had all the requirements (I.e. facts) needed to correctly label it a “rock.”

    As for whether a thing is true, it may seem magical or mystical but not if first we are clear on what we mean.

    being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false:
    a true story.
    real; genuine; authentic:
    true gold; true feelings.

    Whether a label is correctly applied is not too difficult to determine with hard clumps of dirt gathered on the side of a mountain, its gets more difficult with increasingly complex entities.