Sunday, September 30, 2018

Twilight On The Truth

September 30, 2018
   The problem with the truth is that it comes in so many shades.

"Twilight On The Truth"

Can a false statement contain truth?
   "90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you play it too right, it's wrong."
—Yogi Barra, explaining Jazz

Can a true statement be false?
    Colgate's long standing claim that more than 80 percent of dentists recommend its toothpaste is at the very least misleading. Here's what happened: the company sent out a list of toothpastes and asked dentists to check all of the ones that were good for you and the dentists checked many other brands as well. So, while it's true, that 80 percent checked Colgate on the survey, they chose many others as well.  So, it's a misleading true statement because the impression is left that the vast majority of dentists "preferred" Colgate, when they clearly did not.

"The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth."
—Georg Chistoph Lichtenberg

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