The first part confused me, and I drank a bit last night, so I'll try to comprehend it later. (It actually made me say "huh")Originally posted by crisisfox@Jun 27 2006, 06:36 AM
it's just to get a feel for how many people even believe that very basic fact
Again: people can't have opinions on *facts*.
For example: if we are talking about the score in the Italy-Australia game yesterday we both know the game ended 1-0 to Italy. We can choose to believe whether or not Italy deserved to win the game, we can choose to believe that one or the other was the stronger team on the night, but the actual result is a fact and therefore not subject to belief.
Now, the sentence, "it's just to get a feel for how many people even believe that very basic fact"
doesn't say anything about opinions.
It says they want to know how many people believe a fact.
I can believe in things that are not true, and therefore not facts. I can also have an opinion on facts. I know Bush is the president. That is a fact. My opinion is however, that he should not be and the position was stolen unrightfully.
Is my opinion correct? I certainly think so, and I know I'm not the only one. Is it a fact? Partially, it was definitely based on them.
I can also think facts are wrong, but then I am wrong (and just about where I correct myself).
Sorry if I sound cranky, I just woke up, tiniest hangover, and I have to go to a job interview in like 40 minutes.