We covered the first premise component, facts, in the last chapter. The next premise component is observation. Observations consist of all we read and what we hear. We don't know observations to be absolutely true, and we haven't personally experienced them. If an observation were absolutely true, it would be a fact. When you ask someone a question, the response is your observation—most of the time.
When you read in the morning news about some daredevil riding a motorcycle over a gazillion school buses, you're making an observation. You don't know for certain he jumped those buses. If the story comes from a reliable source, it probably is true; but you can't be certain of that, and if you were not there, you didn't witness it.
Here are examples of observations:
Why are these observations? You don't know them to be absolutely true.
There is much confusion between facts and observations. A statement coming from a trusted source carries great weight and can easily ...