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Facts exist as consensus interpretations. You can only have a fact where a majority perceive (more or less) the same thing and interpret it (more or less) the same way, and the model built from that interpretation seems (more or less) consistent with what happens next.

This makes facts a little slipperier than most people realise. But as long as we're all (more or less) in the same headspace, no major reality dislocations are likely.

Unfortunately, sooner or later someone comes along and spoils the neat picture.

The best way to avoid any danger of unwanted metaprogramming is to ignore them.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:58:11 PM EST
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