Re: The Search for Truth

John Pastore (venture@CANCUN.RCE.COM.MX)
Wed, 17 Apr 1996 17:34:28 +0000

Hi Everybody,

In the search* for the truth of "truth", and other semantic blanks,
I went to "Alta Vista" which catalogs some 11 billion words on 20
million web pages, just to see where I might take a look, and gauge
the field for potential sources. Here is where I might start

1) For "belief" among 153,136 matches
2) For "beauty" among 233,390
3) For "ugliness" among 3,324
4) For "freedom" among 455,429
5) For "rights" among 2,162,954
6) For "wrongs" among 8,920
7) For "good" among 3,814,951
8) For "bad" among 650,737
9) For "love" among 1,516,320
10) For "hate" among 165,258
11) For "right" among 3,375,340
12) For "wrong" among 515,924
13) For "equality" among 77,532
14) For "discrimination" among 147,152
15) For "truth" among 390,669
16) For "consequences" among 171,087

* Keeping in mind Disraeli's admonishon: "There are lies, there are
damned lies, and there are statisitcs", I disqualified usenet groups
in the search queries for matches considering that they would have to
be considered 'fringe' semantic blanks. Likewise, I excluded list
groups for being the opposite extreme. Hopefully the present field
may, thus, better indicate where the "truth" lies.

Any suggestions as to where to start?

Ka Xiik Keech Ya Utzil,

John Pastore
Writer/Guide in 'El Mayab'
("The Mayan Homeland")