After Post-truth? Post-fact!

post-fact-world

A much liked and shared example of modern opinion re: facts

Word of the Year 2016 is… After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth – an adjective defined as: ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. Nov 8, 2016

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2016

Smart people in the Advertising industry and political spin doctors have known this ‘truth’ for years and have used it very successfully on the less-aware population of our planet to successfully (mostly) achieve their aims.

Most of us like to think that the truth is the truth for all of us and a lie is a lie: that facts are only facts when they are indisputable and proven to be correct, otherwise it is just a claim of possibly dubious repute and therefore not to be trusted or acted upon.

We’d LIKE to think that and most of us do, in ‘fact’, believe this to be ‘true’.

But is it?

I looked up the definition of ‘Fact’ ( on that most trusted source Google – where else? )

According to the Cambridge Dictionary a fact is: “something that is known to have happened or to existespecially something for which proof exists, or about which there is information

Google also referred to similar searches concerning the word fact including this one:

What is an example of a fact?
It is a fact that the Earth is round. Licensed from iStockPhoto. noun. The definition of a fact is something that is true or something that has occurred or has been proven correct. An example of a fact is that the world is round.
Fact dictionary definition | fact defined – YourDictionary

I found this a little disturbing… mostly because it is not actually a true statement and it is claiming to be an example of a fact from what should be a fair and unbiased and able to be relied upon source.

I say it is not a true statement for 2 reasons.
Firstly, scientists tell us that our world is actually a mis-shapen oblate spheroid, not only does it bulge at the equator, but because of uneven mass distribution in the planet it’s also very slightly pear-shaped with the biggest bulge below the equator. RoundISH but definitively not round. So it’s fairly accurate – but not a fact in the strictest sense.
The second reason is less pedantic but far more relevant to what we see going on in the world today – The World of Trump amongst many, many others. It is not a true statement – IF YOU BELIEVE IN AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWPOINT! In this case if you actually honestly believe (and sadly, trust me on this, there are MANY who do) that the world is actually Flat!
To those people, some of whom can actually appear in all other respects normal and even intelligent people, the world is flat is a fact and the above example is considered by them to be beyond their belief. Some of them have even come up with a new version of reality in which Gravity does not exist and NASA is a gigantic government conspiracy to FOOL people into the belief that Newton was right and that the world is round. (For reasons i am unable to comprehend).
So, going back to the Cambridge definition of a fact as something that is known and for which there is proof or information. We must ask ourselves the following:
  1. who are the people who ‘know’ the thing?
  2. how reliable is the proof or information related to the thing?, and
  3. what are the parameters for any conclusions reached or implied regarding the validity of the fact?

Number 1 is important because, if the fact is only known to a select few (presumably including yourself), it is of little practical use if most people you meet are of an opposing belief regarding it. People rarely will change their own world view based upon a fact that is not in common knowledge.

Number 2 is important because information can be, and is frequently, interpreted differently by different people which means that what is a fact to one may not be so to another (even if both agree on the information’s quality, but disagree on it’s interpretations based upon differing views of relative background issues or underlying assumptions of reality).

Number 3 is vitally important to the quality/validity of the fact in question. For a fact to be a fact it needs to apply in all circumstances NOT JUST THE ONES WE PERSONALLY KNOW OR ARE AWARE OF. If this is not the case then we can have the ludicrous† situation (as indeed we do often with Mr Trump) that one person can say one thing and another person can say something that is contradictory to the first about a single commonly observed thing/event, and both claim that their statement is a fact or THE truth concerning it.

Number 3 is particularly worth considering carefully because, as i have been made increasingly aware of of late, humans can be very biased and selective (towards their own, or what they see as “everyone’s” or the “right” belief). All of us place an inordinately high value on both our individual and our group (be that family/community/country/race/species/planet) ‘s interpretation of reality. Reality is most often these days in the eye and mind of the beholder and increasingly has no true existence outside of us. What is ‘real and true’ for one can be something entirely unreal and untrue for our neighbour.

Pontius Pilate amongst others is claimed to have said: “What is truth?”

The truth is… facts (and truth) are now more defined by who and what each one of us presently believe in than by what actually ‘is’.

Paradoxically, while most of the world’s population is now more informed and has ready access to vast amounts of information and data with which we can check ‘ facts’,  there is arguably less consensus and agreement between the people of the world, who, in general, tend to mostly agree with the facts and truths that best fit with their own strongly held viewpoints while denying those held by others which do not.

Welcome to the world of Post-fact!

Good Luck!

† – while i SAY ludicrous i am aware of some situations where two people can be looking at the same exact same thing and truthfully say two (or more) seemingly contradictory statements to one another and both of them are being honest and, from their viewpoint, factually correct! As just one example consider the story of the four blind men and the elephant in which a snake, a fan, a flywhisk and a tree trunk are used by each one to describe what an elephant is like.

love.

Irregular Maths

A while back i deconstructed the Theorem that Women are Evil.

This Theorem though seems to be proof positive of the reason why Sales people and Executives in Management Positions make more than Scientists and Engineers. 🙂

“Salary Theorem” states that “Engineers and Scientists can never earn as much as Business Executives and Sales People.”

This theorem is based on the following two postulates:

1. Knowledge is Power.
2. Time is Money.

As every engineer knows:
Power = Work / Time

Since:
Knowledge = Power
Time = Money

It follows that:
Knowledge = Work/Money.

Solving for Money, we get:
Money = Work / Knowledge.

Any number divided by zero gives a mathematical value of infinity, thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done.

Conclusion:
The less you know, the more you make! :mrgreen:

( Sadly, as for the theorem that ‘proved’ Women are Evil, i believe i previously proved that time rarely, if ever, EQUALS money – if it did the longer i sit waiting and gathering time, the richer i’d get) 😦

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You may have heard the statement ( or something very much like it) that there are lies, damned lies and Statistics?

Well Queensland, a state in the North-East of Australia, roughly the 5 times the total area of Texas!, is having a few problems at the moment – not least with it’s Statistical Department of Government.

Currently 62 % of all Queensland ( approximately 440 000 sq.miles) is under floodwater after a tropical cyclone has dumped monsoonal quantities of water over it’s northern regions.

Yet curiously the state still regards some 54% to be officially drought-declared! ( Some areas were declared in October 2000 and have not had near average rainfall for almost a decade).

It is not known if parts of Queensland are neither drought declared nor flooded above and beyond the current 116% of it’s land area accounted for by the department so far!

If You Haven’t Seen This Before….

(and, like me, you have an appreciation of the absurd and just plain ridick-u-luss)

…you prolly should – before it disappears for ever…

… like the links on the page already have.
big-red-button

THE REALLY BIG BUTTON (That doesn’t do anything)

Clicking on the link in RED SHOULD do ‘something’ 😉

(Blog owner’s note: If you are stupid bored enough to read the comments as far down as jrh’s you will find the answer to all of ‘life’). 😀

No more whining about YOUR job!

Tam was too chicken to post this at her blog but we all know i have no class so…

Anyone’s job make this look ‘sweet’????

I thought not. 🙂

Picture meme

I am indebted to Hoverfrog for the origin of this meme:

Essentially someone posts a word (in this case it would be me) and then the reader (you) rushes off to image search it. They (you) then post an entry with the amusing picture and a new word and rush back to say that you have done so. The next person goes from your blog in a long and silly chain.

We all then spend oodles of time cavorting about t’Internet putting silly pictures up and much fun is had by all.

The word was Lazy. new word: Since it seems to be a popular one lately – CRUNCH.

Got the idea? Good 🙂

Don’t forget to post the rules and to come back here to say you’ve done it on your blog. or people could get ‘lost’.

It’s Mah Burthday… It’s Mah Burthday!

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Hi – lovewillbringustogether’s weblog here. I’ve noticed a few other blogs have been getting out and having a little fun away from their owners.

Well today is a very special one for me so i thought i’d do the same!

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! I’m ONE year old TODAY! Yaayy. 🙂

I’m having a party and all blogs are invited (you can even bring your owners- They can chat in the kitchen!)

AND TODAY MISS MANDY T (Just a Girl) TURNS 30 – THREE OH! ( OH! 😦 OH! 😦 OH! 😦 ) So make CERTAIN you all go and take over her blog wish her a happy one! 😉

There’s gonna be fun and games and, naturally, a big Chocolate cake.. well, Probably a Black Forrest Cake since they’re our favourite! Mmmmmm.

There will even be a gluten-free, non-lactose version for those poor people who can’t eat real food!
Love wants EVERYONE to enjoy themselves 🙂

To kick things off i made up a ‘game’ for you all to join in with.

As fun as the Bible can be to read 😯 there’s an AWFUL lot to keep in our Hearts and it often gets confusing for first time readers (and even long time readers!) so…

You have to write out your ‘Bible’. In ten sentences!!!

What are the ten things that are the MOST important parts of His Word you want to keep with you your entire life and want others to ‘know’ is what the Bible is telling you most strongly.

This game is a quite serious one so feel free to take your time – and get your blog’s help if you’re having difficulty. 🙂

You can post them in the comments here or up on your own blogs, But me and love (love and i??) REALLY want to know.

I’m putting mine up in my next post… after i finish this slice of Cake! 🙂

OK here’s the link – it’s published further down! – /loves-bare-bones-bible/

Happy BlogBirthday Everyone! – Enjoy! 😀


Now There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day of the Week! :-)

I dunno Doc... Ya think mebbe he suspects??

I dunno Doc... Ya think mebbe he suspects??