Sunday, August 14, 2022

Facts, in fact, are facts

What is a fact?

A lot of folks these days will tell you that everyone has their own truth, and that facts are subjective.

I disagree.

I believe that it is very important to distinguish between facts, opinions, theories, conjecture, and falsehoods.

Using the #1 definition from dictionary.com, a fact is …

“something that actually exists; reality; truth: (e.g.) Your fears have no basis in fact.”

I hope a lot of people take that example to heart. Some of the fears affecting so many in our society indeed have no basis in fact.

Our world was already a pretty confusing place, and I believe western society is steadily slipping toward a world of fantasy. And not fascinating, harmless fantasy such as a good dream or the Lord of the Rings.

Rather, I see it more as a horror film in which people create countless alternate realities and go to war (mostly online for now, but that could change) against those who do not comply with their new set of beliefs.

Acknowledging that mystery abounds regarding the origin of our species and our place in the universe, there are certain premises and principles that are commonly accepted as fact.

For example, if you do not accept certain facts about gravity, you will not live for long unless you stick to the Prairies. If you do not accept certain facts about physics, you will not last long at traffic intersections.

You get the point.

If you are exposed consistently to news from social media influencers and/or from click-bait-addicted media outlets, you may be losing your grip on reality (How They Fool Ya – by Nick Driscoll).

If you read the news here at big-media.ca, you will understand the facts about many of the most important matters including sea-level rise (Sea level is rising; should we be worried?), renewable energy (Renewables Part 3 – assessing the technological capability of wind and solar), COVID-19 lethality (Assessing the relative lethality of COVID-19: a Canadian case study), masks (Face the facts – diving into the science of masks), vaccines (Vaccines – a historical perspective), polar bears (Polar bear population analysis presents balanced picture), and more.

How can I make such a bold claim? Simple – our unique style of journalism is focused on truth. Our editorial contributors are mostly accomplished scientists who dig up the most scientifically sound, reliable data and present it with spin-free, logical interpretation. Just the facts.

Truth is important, as a matter of fact.

 

Rob Driscoll
Rob Driscoll is co-founder and president of BIG Media Ltd. He is a writer and entrepreneur who is deeply committed to elevating the level of coverage of our society's most pressing matters as well as the level of respect in public discourse.

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