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Facts

 

Facts are ugly things. Indeed in all the known universe a fact is the most uncompromising thing there is, for no matter what you feel it should be or want it to be, it will not yield to your demands. However Facts are also the most malleable thing in the universe as well for they are totally dependent on the context they are used in.

Fact: Overall the mean temperature of the Earth has risen in the last 100 years.

Fact: This is nothing new, the Earth has been this warm before, and warmer.

So what’s up? Everything or nothing? Indeed an isolated fact is one of the most dangerous things in the universe, never safe to approach. Therefore all facts should be taken in context, for just like speech when taken out of context it can say or prove anything. You can make a statement supporting the rule of law as put forth in our Constitution, as opposed to the rule of the mob, seem conspiratorial.

"The stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope

And from this comes: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”, and finally to “I will stand with the Muslims.”

Well, the Fact is he did write “and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”, and he was referring to speaking to audiences of Pakistani and Arab-Americans, that their message to him has a more urgent quality, and people in those audiences will tend to be Muslim or have a Muslim background, and so the quote gets “amended” to fit the political bent of the blogger.

As Hanther has warned, you need to go to the source material to even begin to uncover the facts, for in the intellectual void that is the internet any 30 year old misanthropic male sitting in his underwear in the basement of his mother’s house can write and “publish” anything without regard to reality “ISIS has camps in Mexico, just across the border!” and rather than just blindly repeating this because it fits your perception of reality, it becomes incumbent on you to check it out and find some Facts.

Of course at any time the Facts can get lost in world view, for if they do not fit the needs of the searcher there is always the Grand Conspiratorial Theory to fall back on. This is the Holy Grail of the Web, the Unified Field Theory of Life, the Universe and Everything Webish. It states, “Whenever the Facts don’t support my contentions, it is because the Government and/or Main Stream Media is conspiring to hide the truth from me because of…” and here you fill in the nefarious reason of your choice. The point then becomes unarguable because any Fact brought up is now a conspiratorial lie and those pointing out the Fact are just being duped by the Powers that be. And that is unassailable logic in a nutshell.

And this all plays into the illusion of causality, which is when unrelated events are linked together by coincidence. The anti-vaccination movement is a perfect example. A certain percentage of Human Beings are going to become autistic. A large percent of the population is vaccinated. There are going to be instances where autism, strokes, seizures, any number of medical problems are going to happen after a vaccination but they are coincidences and there is no causal relationship. Indeed there are cases where these same health problems happen just before a scheduled vaccination that if they had happened just a day or two later could easily, and wrongly, have been attributed to the vaccination. Study after study has shown no credible link to vaccinations leading to health problems, and yet the movement persists. Even given isolated incidents a vaccination is far safer than even the drive to the clinic to get it. Now THAT would be an interesting study.

Like Man, no Fact is an island. It exists in the complex, non-linear system (not to mention chaotic) that is the universe. Like drawing a line it is necessary to connect point A to point B, and even then you only have a 2 dimensional view of the situation. Question not only authority, but everything! (including this)

Unkwil

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Uncle Willie loves to have feedback from both readers who appreciate his point of view as well as from missguided souls who disagree.