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User: argument_clinic (posted by evilgrins)
Date: September 11th, 2006
Subject: What is truth?
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Media:Buffy the Vampire Slayer
7:56 AM 9/5/06 · My little bit on lying previously kinda got me thinking on the truth...ironically enough. It's nice to cut through all the bullshit, it's nice to know the facts behind the falsehoods, it's nice to know what's what. However the truth is not as clear as one might think because the truth is not always true.

Think about it:
  • The Earth was once believed to be flat and the center of universe.

  • Copernicus proved the Earth wasn't the center of universe.

  • There's evidence the Vikings found North American continent long before Columbus.

  • Columbus is often hailed as man who proved the Earth wasn't flat.

What do these facts tell us?

We know now that the Earth isn't flat as a fact but that wasn't always the case. Everybody used to know, for a fact, that the Earth ws flat. Just as they knew that the Earth was the center of the universe. Sure, Copernicus not only argued that 2nd point but he had mathmatical proof. Proveable proof too but the people in the know refuted his facts as it went against religious thought and they just plain didn't like the implications. So much so that he was threatened with death if he made his knowledge public. Columbus is the guy that proved the Earth wasn't flat...or so most folks would have us believe. The Vikings got to North America 1st but not exactly being into travel for the sake of exploration, supposedly, they never made a big deal about the discovery...

...and there's other stuff along those same lines.

The truth is a case of perception more than anything else. What is believed to be the truth by the masses is what it is and things that go contrary to that, which may very well be true, do not count as truth until a significant number of people believe it. It's not even a matter of what you can prove so much as what many believe...which may go a long way to explaining why some people find that what they know to be true isn't true to others on a number of levels.

Basically, the truth isn't the truth and that's the truth.

Try saying that 3 times real fast!
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