|Seen in an Ottawa book store.|
So, are there any real facts out there, any “objective truths?” Yes, of course, there are many of them, but many, perhaps most, of those are – ultimately – unknowable. Instead, they are “latent variables” about which we try to make inferences based on our imperfect surrogate measures.
|Andy Gonzalez and I with our alternative facts|
This post was motivated by reading scientific papers where authors are testing an hypothesis, obtain results that are mixed with respect to that hypothesis, emphasize only those results supporting the hypothesis, and then conclude in favor of the hypothesis. Presumably this sequence of events usually transpires without INTENT to deceive - and, regardless, the consequences are rarely dire. The same cannot be said for the current US government.