Factual Ability

“The frontiers are not east or west, north or south, but wherever a man fronts a fact.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The danger of using facts to describe truth was discussed earlier in this chapter. Facts were defined as things that are known to have been observed or to be true.

The first step in looking at facts is determining the quality of the facts. Quality of facts is determined by sources. The first level of factual quality, and probably the weakest, is when the fact comes from another person. This is when someone reports a fact based on what they heard or observed. For example, someone says to you that they overheard a conversation at a restaurant yesterday that John Smith is leaving his wife.

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