Sunday, July 31, 2022

On Medium: We Know We’re Telling Tall Tales Because Our Mouths are Moving

Read on about a pragmatic theory of truth, encompassing conceptualization, objectivity, the real difference between fiction and nonfiction, and the spectrum of stories we tell.


  1. '' Or think of the profound literature by Leo Tolstoy, George Orwell, or JD Salinger that punches you in the gut despite your understanding that the plots are just made up and that the characters never lived.''

    But certain dystopian books are quite realistic. It is even possible to say that a totalitarian society such as 1984 exists today, for example North Korea [without disregarding different forms of totalitarianism, such as capitalism].

    I, in particular, find the Brave New World exceptional in that it builds upon human nature itself in the constitution of that hypothetical society.

    It is also fascinating how it differs from a typical dystopia [1984] in that it portrays a hypothetical future of scientific advancement and without being an absolute tyranny, without the existence of suffering or abuse, at least in a more traditional sense.The social divisions proposed in the book that can be relatively perceived in reality as well as the existence of a class of outsiders.

    1. There can be verisimilitude in a story, which makes the story plausible or a possible model of life, but if it's known to be fiction, the plot and the characters must be made up. Some similar events may come to pass, if the story is prescient, or the overall world of the story might be analogous to actual social systems, but again the plot and the characters will be imaginary.