[Ads-l] Definition OTY

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 18 14:04:08 EDT 2020

In general, I hear "fact" being used more and more often to mean something
like "proposition" in the logical sense. And the fact that I have to
describe the usage that way illustrates why the usage is spreading: we have
no colloquial word for the concept.


On Sun, Aug 16, 2020, 3:17 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Remember "Truth is not truth"?   Remember "alternative facts"? :
> https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-chief-of-staff-mark-meadows-says-lack-of-evidence-of-mail-in-voting-fraud-is-the-definition-of-fraud
>  :
> “But there’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud,” Tapper added after
> Meadows reiterated his concern with voter rolls.
> “There’s no evidence that there’s not either. That’s the definition of
> fraud, Jake.”
> See, undetected fraud is the worst fraud, so if there's no evidence of
> fraud, that means the fraud has gone undetected.
> Extraordinary claims require undiscovered evidence.  Absent evidence is
> evidence of non-absence.
> JL
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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