Re: virus: Rationality

Alexander Williams (
Mon, 03 Mar 1997 14:18:27 -0500 wrote:
> I would say that something is not a fact if its validity can be questioned.
> This would mean that most things in science are /not/ fact. I'd agree
> with that - most of it's conjecture, hypothesis and modelling systems.

I can question whether or not you're really the Drakir I was emailing
yesterday. I can question whether my existance is real or merely `a
brain in a jar'. I can question whether gravity really /does/ pull down
equally based on mass.

I can't think of a single fact that can't be questioned and /some/ good
come of it. That's one of the basic tenets of science as I understand
it, that there's always more to know.

> Nope, it was beleived, but it wasn't true, so it wasn't a fact.

To /them/ it was a fact. If aliens dropped out of the sky tomorrow and
revealed humanity as an out-of-control genetic robotics experiment left
too long in the 'fridge and backed it up with proof, would the idea that
humanity evolved from amoeba suddenly /cease/ being a fact because its
suddenly in question? How about if the aliens revealed we're all brains
in jars?

How can there be a fact no one believes?

   Alexander Williams{}
The  Mekton  is a  powerful tool,  both  physically and emotionally.
There is something that  happens to an  enemy when he sees his  home
and family stepped on by a hundred ton metal man.    -- Arkon Verian
Of  all the weapons of the  Empire, the  greatest and most respected
were the Metal Knights.  These Knights had served the leaders of the
Bendar for Generations,   righting wrongs and  bringing  fear to the
Empire's Enemies.  It is  said that these  metal giants were  shaped
like men so  that the alien servants of  Evil would know that it was
Man who defeated them.
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