Say It Ain’t So, Joe

things you must unlearn before you die

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Why This Blog

Jean de la Bruyére (1645-1696) once said: “The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth.” This bit of wisdom means there are “facts” out there that people implicitly accept as true but are really false. Whatever they may be called—fallacies, misconceptions, errors, disinformation—our blog aims to debunk a few and then some. Debunking is a fun way of discovering the truth. It’s like watching an Oliver Hardy pratfall, or listening to a Reaganism, or catching a slip of the tongue off Sam Goldwyn or Yogi Berra; though we find the error oddly enjoyable, we make sure we don’t fall into it ourselves. At the end of the exercise, we get to realize that all are prone to fallacies, but that the best and the brightest are even more apt to pass the bogus stuff on to posterity as gospel truth—proving that much of the human race is, well, human.

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10 Responses to “Why This Blog”

  1. Joanne said

    I am so glad to see that you have put up this site! It certainly is one of the more intelligent spots one can find in the internet!

  2. Curyas Ali said

    Keep saying it, Joe…

    There’s hope yet for cocktail party bores – be less boring and use dmf blogs for conversation pieces…

    Budding college instructors of Literature101 or History 101 can assign dmf blogs as essential readings to win appreciative nods from their students.

  3. D. M. F. said

    Comments like yours will surely keep Joe going. Thanks.

  4. Glenne Harding said

    Very well done!

    It’s interesting that things learned in childhood (Manhatten was purchased for $24, for example) are so ingrained and unquestioned (defended strongly, even) while similar things presented to an adult are much more cynically received.

  5. Lynn said

    My first visit to a Blog site – was not sure what to expect. However, I love colour so it was really interesting for me. Great

  6. monticelo said

    stumbled upon your blog and found it highly interesting. i browsed through all your posts and i am looking forward to reading more. your wit and humor make an otherwise trivial read so much more interesting.

    very nice.

  7. nycity said

    Very interesting and informative! Thanks for writing!

  8. Lynn G said

    Fascinating! Could spend way too much time reading all the entries, but I’ll bookmark it and visit from time to time.

  9. Congratulations to the creator of this Blog. I am particularly interested in intelligent sites like this one, that are meant to entertain and to educate at the same time.I have kept my own online net for years, focused on Teaching for Understanding. Besides, I am totally fond of board games and very well aware of the didactic possibilities these games have. Blogs are no doubt another extraordinary way for people to communicate worldwide. I am fascinated with new technologies and in learning how to make the best use of them for the benefit of all. Thank you very much for sharing.
    Liliana

  10. ernst henri said

    Congratulations on your work! How about correcting some myths about Philippine History. The common myth is that the United States bought the Philippine Islands from Spain for $20M. But what people do not know is that the purchase covered in the Treaty of Paris included also other territories in the purchase aside from the Philippines. Cuba may have been one of them.

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