Is That a Fact?

One of the things you learn when you get your first list of spelling words is that you’re going to have to write definitions for each word. The second thing you learn is that you can’t use the word in your definition of the word.

For example, defining a fact as a fact would not work in 2nd Grade. But does it work in today’s fact-bloated culture? Does simply saying that something is a fact make it a fact?

Let’s examine what a fact is not: A fact is not an opinion. It is not a piece of or even a collection of data. It is not a recommendation. It is not a truth—even a great truth.

mathfactFacts are indisputable and can be proven by accepted methodologies. They are not subject to popular vote or opinion polls. They exist whether we know about them or not. And they exist whether we approve of them or not.

As my favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said,
“You get to say the world is flat because we live in a country that guarantees free speech, but it’s not a country that guarantees that anything you say is correct.”

Very little of the information we receive on a daily basis is factual—no matter what the source. So, the next time you hear someone “stating a fact,” listen closely and see if you agree. You probably know better.

And that’s a fact.

P.S. Check out these “mind-blowing” facts!

 

Happy Birthday A&M

Twenty-five years ago, two sisters who got along reasonably well decided to give a name to their combined efforts at writing and publishing.

The sisters discussed potential names off and on for several days, but soon realized that this was 1) a tangent that was distracting them from their actual work and 2) something that could go on forever.

Very soon after that, the sisters decided to name their endeavor A&M Writing and Publishing feeling that it encapsulated both what they were doing at the time and what they wanted to do in the future.

Today, A&M continues to create both writing and publishing projects. As you might imagine, however, the types of writing and the scope of the publishing are continually changing and growing to accommodate the needs of A&M clients and the interests of the sisters.

Twenty-five years has seen many changes in the business world and in A&M. But in spite of–or perhaps because of–that change, it’s gratifying to see that A&M is thriving and finding a place as a proponent of compelling writing and quality publishing. We look forward to another 25.

[Originally posted as A&M home page on March 1, 2015]