Re: virus: Rationality
Wed, 5 Mar 97 13:31:41 GMT

Alex Williams wrote:

> > I suppose. Well, in that case, I move to strike the word "fact" from
> > all languages :)
> Might not be a bad idea;

Wahey, I've had a good idea.

> if everyone realized that all `facts' are
> just `currently held truths' the world might suddenly undergo a
> similar awakening to Eva's not using `I' for 10min ...

Did I miss something here?

> > Careful. Science is /far/ from being fact.
> But science often leads to questioning currently accepted fact.

This is true, and it would also be true to say that science creates
"currently held truths", which may be the only useful definition of

> > That makes fact utterly subjective to the beliefs of one's time. I
> > don't think this is a good definition of the word. Mind you, having
> > said that, all things are subjective to ones era, aren't they? I
> > think the word "fact" would be impossible to define with an utterly
> > watertight definition, and still apply to *anything*.
> I'm agreeing, and further, that was my point the entire time. :)

Oh, Bugger. I knew that really :)

I thought the bit about the word "fact" being undefinable in a useful
sense was quite original. I think I'm going to sit in a corner and
cry for a bit....