Do Facts Exist?

Of course they do, if we are ever able to get our heads and hands around them.

We get our heads and hands around them when we interpret them for their light, their significance, if we ever apply our given facilities and capacity to do so.

What matters even more are the large number of consistent interpretations for any given body of facts. The enormously vast majority of these interpretations (of the same body of facts) will be mutually contradictory. The non-mutually-contradictory interpretations are merely expansions of a series of existing ones, encapsulating and imprisoning each other like Russian dolls. They reveal nothing new. They disclose nothing new. Instead, they simply envelope themselves in themselves, using larger and larger envelopes.

What matters even more is that facts have no life without interpretations.

The interpretations one chooses will define how one will live in this world and in other worlds....and even there, your interpretation will differ from mine....but at a certain moment of destiny for these interpretations, the imaginary gap will close itself, and they will merge towards the ever returning.
 

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I have no idea what any of this means. Fortunately we have more coherent notions of "fact" (as set forth in the excellent Wikipedia article, for instance) which don't require us to decode mysterian fragments such as "merge towards the ever returning".

Posted by Geoff Arnold on August 07, 2007 at 02:56 PM PDT #

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You did capture a draft in flight as I was leaving it to have a bowl of soup for dinner!
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So, I will leave the "mysterian" fragment as it is.
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I'm afraid the Wikipedia definition of "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fact" target="_blank">fact</a>" is not only poor but dull. It starts like this: "Generally, a fact is something that is the case, something that actually exists, or something that can be verified according to an established standard of evaluation."
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Of course, this definition relies on others and so on. I'll guarantee that if the chain is pursued, the spiral will be ever more dizzying and will merge back into a "circle" at the end.
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Instead, I suggest a close reading of the incompleteness and related theorems.
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Posted by M. Mortazavi on August 07, 2007 at 03:17 PM PDT #

Do you mean facts as in noumena?

Posted by Mikael Gueck on August 07, 2007 at 03:33 PM PDT #

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Yes, noumenon, of Nietzsche's (or perhaps Heidegger's) variety, might capture it better.
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Posted by M. Mortazavi on August 07, 2007 at 04:54 PM PDT #

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