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(The Baffler)   What Does a Fact Look Like? A long read essay that makes a few biased claims itself, but the observations are solid   (thebaffler.com) divider line
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2021-06-17 4:08:39 PM  
A fact? It's something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed, but that's not important right now.
 
2021-06-17 5:08:18 PM  
A fact is a physical measurement or a recorded event.

Everything else are explanations.
 
2021-06-17 5:11:21 PM  
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2021-06-17 5:14:54 PM  

SomeAmerican: A fact is a physical measurement or a recorded event.

Everything else are explanations.


Is that a fact?  You run your mouth awful reckless for a man that don't go heeled.
 
2021-06-17 5:44:46 PM  
I once had a smart man ask me if a computer hard drive physically weighs heavier when its filled with data.. I said absolutely not....   He was like....'are you suuuuure, though? Not even a microgram, difference?'

I realized i had no way really knowing, or carrying out an experiment,..and just let the conversation drop with his idea a possibility......  Thats sorta like defining what a fact looks like.
 
2021-06-17 6:01:23 PM  

elvisaintdead: A fact? It's something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed, but that's not important right now.


DIdn't read the first 2 paragraphs.

SomeAmerican: A fact is a physical measurement or a recorded event.

Everything else are explanations.


No, nobody thinks that is a fact.  ^_^ Unless your fact is about the meaurement and not the thing measured.

The article is worth reading if you think those are what make facts.
 
2021-06-17 6:02:15 PM  

T.rex: I once had a smart man ask me if a computer hard drive physically weighs heavier when its filled with data.. I said absolutely not....   He was like....'are you suuuuure, though? Not even a microgram, difference?'

I realized i had no way really knowing, or carrying out an experiment,..and just let the conversation drop with his idea a possibility......  Thats sorta like defining what a fact looks like.


It'd kinda have too, assuming ludicrously finicky standards of measurement.  All those tiny magnetic writes that were clean before, and a magnetic field does contribute to mass.  That's a platter mind you - SSD?  Hell if I know really. just in effect flipping transistor-equivalents is a lot more questionable.
 
2021-06-17 6:15:42 PM  
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2021-06-17 9:11:27 PM  

SomeAmerican: A fact is a physical measurement or a recorded event.

Everything else are explanations.


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2021-06-18 10:35:48 AM  
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2021-06-18 3:59:16 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: T.rex: I once had a smart man ask me if a computer hard drive physically weighs heavier when its filled with data.. I said absolutely not....   He was like....'are you suuuuure, though? Not even a microgram, difference?'

I realized i had no way really knowing, or carrying out an experiment,..and just let the conversation drop with his idea a possibility......  Thats sorta like defining what a fact looks like.

It'd kinda have too, assuming ludicrously finicky standards of measurement.  All those tiny magnetic writes that were clean before, and a magnetic field does contribute to mass.  That's a platter mind you - SSD?  Hell if I know really. just in effect flipping transistor-equivalents is a lot more questionable.


Do 1s weigh more than 0s?
 
2021-06-18 10:10:11 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: T.rex: I once had a smart man ask me if a computer hard drive physically weighs heavier when its filled with data.. I said absolutely not....   He was like....'are you suuuuure, though? Not even a microgram, difference?'

I realized i had no way really knowing, or carrying out an experiment,..and just let the conversation drop with his idea a possibility......  Thats sorta like defining what a fact looks like.

It'd kinda have too, assuming ludicrously finicky standards of measurement.  All those tiny magnetic writes that were clean before, and a magnetic field does contribute to mass.  That's a platter mind you - SSD?  Hell if I know really. just in effect flipping transistor-equivalents is a lot more questionable.

Do 1s weigh more than 0s?


Was assuming a clean drive for your starting position.  As in "Not been written to either way, previously."
 
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