31 March 2020

GLOSSARY

Analysis paralysis: The condition when decision making is postponed until the information is complete and/or consistent. In the real world information is rarely complete and/or consistent.

Belief: A phenomenon that is assumed to be true. The origin of a belief may stem from a combination of facts, misinformation, and/or disinformation.

Data: Measurements of an observable phenomenon. Singular form: datum

Fact/A matter of fact: An observable phenomenon that can be independently verified.

Hypothesis: An idea about the cause for an effect. Where your idea comes from -- logic, insight, a dream, the Bible -- does not matter.

Opinion: A judgement based on beliefs and preferences.

Preference: A favoured choice. The origin of a preference may be known or not. Values are preferences.

Truth: A fact. A term usually avoided by scientists because of the inherently provisional nature of scientific facts. See: Fact

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