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11. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

You only have to read 2 different peoples perspectives of the same car accident to realise that the reporting of history can never tell the whole story. History is recorded and constantly amended with new evidence, people latch onto whatever facets suit them or are important to them.

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

CAn we ever really accept anything as being "fact"?

13. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

CAn we ever really accept anything as being "fact"?

Anything? yes, i think so - [i.e. if i don't go to the toilet within the next 5 minutes i'm going to piss myself. That's virtually an absolute fact, and only won't hold true unless i die before that point, and chances are i'll probably release fluids in death anyway] but after that, virtually everything is relying on what some other source of information is telling you, and whilst there are many many things which are so close to being certain that they are accepted as FACT, virtually all of them have at least a tiny margin for uncertainty.

Got to run....

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

What if you're only dreaming that you have to go to the bathroom, when in fact you just went and are good for another few hours?

15. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

If it helps, i didn't run quickly enough before and proved it to be fact

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

You may still be sleeping and wake up dry as a bone.

17. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

My point is how do we KNOW that what you've told us is true....

18. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

My point is how do we KNOW that what you've told us is true....

Exactly my point.

In those incidents, I KNOW what happened (and for the record, no, i didn't p1ss myself) to as good a degree as is possible to know anything, but nobody else ever will, as it's all second hand.

19. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

So you agree with me then Gelli?

20. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Still, how can we claim to "know" (i.e. understand to be truth beyond a doubt) anything when there is a small, albeit very real, chance that something is deceiving us? We may be dreaming, drunk, stoned, delusional - we may be having a mental breakdown, or have misunderstood a situation, and so on.

In other words, what we claim to "know" may in fact be what we interpret - which is subject to being wrong. I "know" I'm wearing blue jeans - but maybe I've had a (god forbid) brain anyurism which has caused me to become colour blind and forget everything related to my jeans up until right now.

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