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Posted by Aurino Souza on April 23, 2002 17:16:52 UTC

Harv,

Until satellites were launched we could even say that the 'earth is round' was a belief based on good inductive reasoning

That statement is absolutely wrong. Long before Columbus set sail, people knew (as opposed to "believed") the earth was round. They even knew its circumference, quite accurately given the limitation of their instruments.

Facts are beliefs

No, they are not.

and beliefs are often facts

Now this is funny. If facts are beliefs, and beliefs are often facts, the above sentence can be rewritten as: "beliefs are often beliefs"

Excuse me if I can't make any sense of what you're saying.

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