Facing Facts

— Embracing Reality

Introduction

We use several different words to express degrees of uncertainty.

"You're entitled to your own opinions”, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan declares, “but you're not entitled to your own facts.” OK, but what if I feel that whatever is true for you might not be true for me? My opinion is that I’m entitled to my beliefs and you are entitled to your beliefs and that’s all that really matters if we are to protect our freedom. How are we supposed to tell the difference between facts and opinions anyway? I feel this is a difficult problem. Whatever …

This course advocates reason and is provided as a refuge and antidote to post-truth trends.

For the purposes of this course we will adopt these axioms:

  • Reality exists [1],
  • We live in the real world [2],
  • We can explore, investigate, examine, observe, measure, and probe that real world,
  • You and I, and everyone we know or ever meet, all live in the same universe [3],
  • The most certain of all basic principles is that contradictory propositions are not true simultaneously. [4]
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