[Ads-l] lie

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 22 16:38:10 EDT 2021


> On Sep 22, 2021, at 4:03 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> https://www.yahoo.com/news/thought-knew-sun-color-lie-133422094.html :
> 
> What You Thought You Knew About the Sun’s Color Is a Lie
> 
> (People say it's yellow, but it's really white. Liars!)
> 
> JL

I don’t know—from the write-up it looks like it’s the sun that's the liar.  I was told the moon always lies (it makes a capital D when it’s crescent and a C when it’s decrescent), but apparently you can’t trust any heavenly bodies.  Or even Springsteen:

The piss-yellow sun
Comes bringing up the day
She said "Ain't nobody can give nobody
What they really need anyway”
(“Dry Lightning”)

Is nothing sacred?

LH


> 
> On Fri, Aug 13, 2021 at 10:19 AM Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> Interesting how one deals with opinions expressed as facts, especially when
>> they are found to be wrong later. Are they Schrodinger statements, only
>> found to be true or false once we "open the box"?
>> 
>> On Fri, Aug 13, 2021, 10:05 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> 'any idea or statement that is untrue or that one disagrees with.'
>>> 
>>> I've been hearing this a lot on cable news, though not from journalists.
>>> Ex.:
>>> 
>>> Quora.com:  "Electrons absolutely positively do not whizz around the
>>> nucleus of an atom. That idea is a lie-to-children, a simplification told
>>> [to] young kids in grade school."
>>> 
>>> CNN: "Rugged individualism is a lie."
>>> 
>>> Also v.:
>>> 
>>> Protest sign seen on FOX News: "FAUCI LIED PEOPLE DIED"
>>> 
>>> JL
>>> 
>>> --
>>> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
>> truth."
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