Important Historical Untruths

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Important Historical Untruths

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This is just me doing some navel-gazing.

I've been thinking a bit about human history, and I think that a lot of important stuff that happens is driven by ideas that are just plain not true in the sense of the objective reality. As SkepticsTM, we like to concern ourselves with finding out what it the objective reality, but as far as what actually drives human events, what really matters isn't what is objectively true, but what people believe is true.

Did Marie Antoinette actually say "Let them eat cake?" I don't think that any serious scholar that has looked into the matter believes that she really said that. But most people have heard that somewhere. I don't remember when or how I first heard about it, but I'm pretty sure that I learned it as a "fact" at first, even though it isn't. Did that sort of thing help her end up at the guillotine? Was the French Revolution driven by stuff like that? I don't know. :notsure:

Not to mention the more obvious stuff, like religious beliefs. How many wars have been fought over competing mythologies, none of which are actually true in any objective sense?

World Wars I and II? A lot of wrong beliefs led to those. Is it a mistake to think that objective reality really matters? :notsure:
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When it comes to human affairs, belief frequently is more important than facts
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“ I've been thinking a bit about human history, and I think that a lot of important stuff that happens is driven by ideas that are just plain not true in the sense of the objective reality.”

Like Orange man is incipient fascist, and colluded with Russia?
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Like JFK approached sainthood.
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Like Gorbachev should get the credit for ending the Cold War, rather than Reagan?
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:20 pm
Giz wrote: Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:06 pm Like Gorbachev should get the credit for ending the Cold War, rather than Reagan?
Or either of those guys and not Lech Walesa. :wink:
Are you mansplaining away Margaret Thatcher?
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Or the Civil War was about State's Rights?

Or Junior "died for our sins?"







Too soon?

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Who won the Tet offensive?
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Our side won the Tet offensive in the the North Vietnamese didn't achieve their military objectives.
But ultimately it was at least a sort of propaganda victory for them in that more Americans turned against the war.
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Yep

Because the government had been assuring everyone the war was almost won
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Giz wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:39 pm Who won the Tet offensive?
The answer to any such question is "Not the French."

– J.D.