Facts are an important element of any decision-making process. When we as a society make decisions that affect our future, facts, and conversation or argument about what they mean, is a critical part of those decisions.
But what is a fact, and how do we know that something is a fact? Is there a "keeper of the facts?"
This little thread is an exploration of facts: What they are, how they come to be, who has access to them and why. It's especially focused on the facts that make up the sum of our scientific knowledge.
If you enjoy this series you might also enjoy the thread where this conversation and inquiry began.
Read this thread, with all comments, on Flickr.
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