Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Facts are a moving target

The New Yorker’s checkers are justly renowned for their tenacious scepticism, but even they err sometimes. One reader was annoyed to find himself described as dead, and requested a correction in the next issue. Unfortunately, by the time the correction appeared, he really had died, thus compounding the error.
--Anthony Gottlieb, Intelligent Life, on the lag between fact and publication. HT: Idea of the Day

1 comment:

bchoi said...

This is why I like working at courts of appeals: the factual record is finite and fixed!