[Ads-l] Another early "fact" = 'idea; proposition.'

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Thu Jan 12 14:41:49 EST 2017


I'm not so sure.  Reworded, the statement could read (unexceptionally):

            "We're banking on Dr. Halvorsen's theory being correct."

Thus, the "fact" banked on is the *correctness* of the theory, rather than the
theory itself.

I can live with that, especially as the appearance here of "banking" in the
original citation indicates [to me] a low/slang/colloquial register.

If it's incorrect, it's incorrect in a different way than one which would
 (un-Platonically) identify Truth with Opinion.

Robin.

> 
>     On 12 January 2017 at 19:16 Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> wrote:
> 
> 
>     1968 Bill Finger et al. _The Green Slime_ (film) [No Pun Intended]: We're
>     banking on the fact that Dr. Halvorsen's theory is correct.
> 
>     Halvorsen's *theory* is that the slime creatures feed on pure energy,
> which
>     allows them to multiply like crazy. Something just described by the
> speaker
>     as a dubious Theory is _ipso facto_ [No Pun Intended] not a Fact.
> 
>     JL
> 
>     --
>     "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
> truth."
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