DC1 had a class assignment in which they tried to separate fact from opinion.
Given where we live, and how Fox News is the most popular show out there, it is a valuable exercise.
Except that this one drove me nuts.
I kept wanting to say, “Well, we don’t know if that’s a fact or not… it’s an empirical question.” I asked if there were true facts and false facts… but that didn’t ring any bells on DC1′s part.
So I explained positive vs. normative, only not using those terms, and I explained empirical questions vs. opinions. And DC1 got something like 75% on the assignment because apparently false facts count as opinions, or something.
Who knew that this area was such a difficult concept?
Do you think people have trouble with empirical questions vs. opinions? How would you explain the differences?