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Re: [ds] Modern Tanks.

From: Thomas Barclay <Thomas.Barclay@s...>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 12:22:06 -0500
Subject: Re: [ds] Modern Tanks.

Chris spake thusly upon matters weighty: 

> Were you there, John, and did you see it?  If not, you cannot proclaim
> sources to be absolutely correct in all aspects.

Even then, your own involvement makes your view suspect. No human has 
total awareness, and stress has strange ways to affect memory. Even 
participants can't be counted on - this is a known fact in police 
work and in historical recountings. 

  Question your sources like
> you question those of the person you disagree with.  Ten people in the
> room, witnessing the same crime, will always result in ten different
> stories.

Someone (I don't know who), said that in any situation there are 
three sides - your side, my side, and the truth. This aphorism points 
out that neither side will have 'the truth'. It is, perhaps, 
ephemeral and inaccessable. The best one can hope for is, by having a 
number of independent but agreeing sources, come up with a plausible 
accounting - but to call it the TRUTH is really stretching things. 

(In a similar vein this has went pretty far OT, and if JW was 
watching, he'd be telling us so). 

Thomas Barclay		     
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