Re: Serious thoughts about objectivity

Michael Cahill (MCBlueline@AOL.COM)
Tue, 8 Oct 1996 14:54:06 -0400

In a message dated 96-10-07 10:21:34 EDT, jlm@TWICS.COM (John McCreery)

<< For purposes of this metaphor, the buns are the areas in
which there is substantial agreement on measures and methods of
measurement. Mike Cahill points to "composed" stories, the realm of what
has historically been known as "fiction." Here the ideal is clear. As the
old disclaimer puts it, "Any resemblance to real persons or events is
accidental." ...[T]here is a strong consensus on the criteria
being invoked and the ways in which they should be applied. >>

If the distinction between "events composed" and "events observed" is
accepted, then the next step might be to distinguish "events composed" from
"events interpreted." Where is the line between interpreting events and
fictionalizing them?

Mike Cahill