2016-05-24 Tue

Clear Thinking

Sometimes I wish that newspapers would check the truth or at least the veracity of their major statements.

That’s not the truth.

The truth is that I always wish they would check their statements.

That’s not true either.

It is true only when I read the newspapers or think about them.

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Like right now.

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Of course, it’s best to define a few terms, like “What is Blue?”

From childhood we learn by parallel; our parents point upwards and exclaim “Look! The sky is blue!” and we cotton on to “blue” as a term for a specific colour, rather than a combination of 20% Oxygen and 80% Nitrogen.

Later on we learn that there are shades of blue – Navy Blue, Aquamarine, Sky Blue and, I think, Robin’s Egg Blue, and so on.

Later still some of us are lucky enough to learn that Blue can be defined as “light waves in the frequency spectrum ???”, so if you turn an electronic gadget towards the sky and read out what you see on the display, then you can state “The sky is blue” with authority.

Now if someone else counters your statement with “No! The sky is orange!” you can point out that the spectrum for orange is ??? whereas your device reads out ???, so that, by agreed definition the sky is Blue.

That is the truth.

Each half has different beliefs, but both sides must agree that by definition the sky really can be labeled “Blue”.

Q: If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?

A: Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.