Facts, research, science…. meh

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Texas A&M UniversityI worked for the Department of Chemistry, College of Science, and University Press at Texas A&M University from April 1, 1984, to May 15, 1987, and the Department of Chemistry, College of Science, and University Press at Stanford University from May 16, 1987 to September 30, 1987.

One of my tasks was to check facts, citations, sources, and references. I questioned everything and verified everything before any press release was released, before any newsletter was sent, and before any book was published.

Once I was satisfied about the integrity of a book, I assigned it an ISBN. In today’s world, ISBN’s can be bought for as low as $4.95. That helps self-publishers, but the whole definition of self-publisher means that no one has verified anything. That’s okay for something like a picture book, but it’s not okay for books relying on facts, research, and science.

Considering the prevalence of digital photos and photo editing software, as well as video editing software, and how those fake photos and videos spread on social media, it might not be good for picture books, either. I fear that the world is going to end as humans revert back to their evolutionary predecessors….

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12 thoughts on “Facts, research, science…. meh

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Sadly. I remember when I was in K-12, I used to type up facts that fascinated me and carry them around with me. We couldn’t afford a Guinness Book of World Records or a set of encyclopedias.

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      1. acflory

        Isn’t it ironic? Now that anyone can look up as many facts as they want, most people only look for opinions that bolster their own world view. We really do live in isolated bubbles. 😦

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  1. Pit

    Way too many people don’t care about facts any more, and way too many produce a “fake reality”. Well, I know there’s no such thing as a “fake reality” as that is a contradiction in itself, but I couldn’t come up with a better word.

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