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    Re: What matters more historical facts or historical fiction passed off as facts?

    The problem is that there is not enough time to tell everyone everything. We have to decide what is important. Also, complexity should only be added as a child is able to comprehend it.
    Last edited by tacomancer; 10-12-10 at 01:45 PM.

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    Re: What matters more historical facts or historical fiction passed off as facts?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    The problem is that there is not enough time to tell everyone everything. We have to decide what is important.
    Are you saying the historical fiction passed off as fact is important?

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    Re: What matters more historical facts or historical fiction passed off as facts?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    Are you saying the historical fiction passed off as fact is important?
    No. I am saying that we have to hit the highlights. Here is an analogy of what I mean.

    We have a book and we have various summaries of the book that are shorter and leave out some detail.

    If a person has a lot of time, they will read the book. If they have less time, they will read one of the summaries.
    Last edited by tacomancer; 10-12-10 at 01:48 PM.

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    Re: What matters more historical facts or historical fiction passed off as facts?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    No. I am saying that we have to hit the highlights.
    Yet, many of the historical fictions are passed off as highlights like the sheer ignorance of John Adam's or Andrew Jackson's presidency.

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    Re: What matters more historical facts or historical fiction passed off as facts?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    Yet, many of the historical fictions are passed off as highlights like the sheer ignorance of John Adam's or Andrew Jackson's presidency.
    Ignorance is not the same thing as fiction and is irrelevant to my point. My assumption is that the summary is faithful to the original.
    Last edited by tacomancer; 10-12-10 at 01:53 PM.

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    Re: What matters more historical facts or historical fiction passed off as facts?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Ignorance is not the same thing as fiction.
    False information is ignorance.

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    Re: What matters more historical facts or historical fiction passed off as facts?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    False information is ignorance.
    This would a case of a lack of information though. Which is ignorance, but its not a lie.

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    Re: What matters more historical facts or historical fiction passed off as facts?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    This would a case of a lack of information though. Which is ignorance, but its not a lie.
    Semantics so do you have anything to add of substance besides this semantics argument?

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    Re: What matters more historical facts or historical fiction passed off as facts?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    This is an offshoot of the Columbus Day thread. What matters more to you; historical facts backed by documentation or historical fiction passed off as facts?
    I find historical truths, more important than, warm and fuzzy farces of history.
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    Re: What matters more historical facts or historical fiction passed off as facts?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    Semantics so do you have anything to add of substance besides this semantics argument?
    Its not semantics. A lack of information and false information are two very different things. False information is untruthful while a lack of information neither true nor untrue, but null.

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