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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Facts Versus Myths

    by , 12-14-2018 at 07:12 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Facts Versus Myths

    Once again today, I encountered someone who was unwilling to accept facts as facts and opined that facts were opinions, and that their "facts" were opinions. This is the kind of thinking that states as fact that someone turned water into wine, or some other absurdity was actually done. Such things also show up in politics, and I expect that ignorance of history together with a desire that certain things are the bases for culture lead people to decide to ...

    Updated 12-14-2018 at 08:41 PM by PeterL

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  2. Jeffrey Amherst, smallpox blankets, and the Indians

    by , 06-17-2014 at 09:40 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Just because everyone thinks something happened is not a good reason to think that it did occur.. For decades I had believed that Lord Jeffrey Amherst had spread smallpox among American Indians by giving them smallpox infested blankets in an effort to reduce their numbers. I donít remember when I first encountered that story; it might have been in elementary school. But I never bothered to look into the matter until recently, when an acquaintance, who is not the most credible person I have ever ...