The Story Of An Experiment: Facts a la Tartare

Boeuf a la tartare is what fancy restaurants call raw hamburger. Some people like it that way. Some people distrust all this "processing" of news described above. They want their facts raw.

A student asked the late great Philosopher-Mathematician Alfred North Whitehead: "What's more important, ideas or things'?" Said Whitehead: "Why, I should imagine ideas about things." Deeply imbedded in U.S. education is a contrary attitude: ideas are not trustworthy; facts, especially "all the facts," are. Have the hairy-chested factual gourmands who think they want all the facts ever faced a real plateful of them?

"All the facts" about the simplest news event—say,...

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