Sunday, October 08, 2006

"Contract of Error" or Sir Francis Bacon on "spin" in 1605

This quote from Sir Francis Bacon's "The Advancement of Learning" (1605) demonstrates that four hundred years ago, Sir Francis had a good understanding of what is called "spin" today.

"For as knowledges are now delivered, there is a kind of a contract of error between the deliverer and the receiver; for he that delivereth knowledge desireth to deliver it in such form as may be best beleived, and not as may be best examined; and he that receiveth knowledge desireth rather present satisfaction than expectant inquiry."


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