Favorite NON-fiction

circadian rhyme rone at ennui.org
Sat Jan 25 15:14:00 PST 2003

Gomi no Sensei writes:
  1/25/03 2:53:11 PM, rone at ennui.org (circadian rhyme) wrote:
  >Gaertk at aol.com writes:
  >  Chris Olson - SunPS <Chrisf.Olson at Sun.COM> writes:
  >  >_____ - _Lies My Teacher Told Me_
  >  This sort of thing exists?  When I read _Science of 
  >  Discworld_ (by Pratchett, Stewart, and Cohen), they discussed
  >  how school texts are full of "lies-to-students" and why, but
  >  didn't have many examples or the true explanations.
  >The classic one is the Columbus discovery of America.  
[dude, 80 columns]
  An oversimplification (Northmen, etc.) but surely true enough --
  Columbus' trip is what opened up the era of colonization, not Erik
  the Red, so it seems fair to mark Columbus as the 'discoverer,'
  since his trip is what actually led to the large-scale
  effects. Calling it a 'lie' always seemed gratuitously tendentious
  to me. I mean, the Maya had developed the wheel, but only used it in
  small toys, not for wagons -- it would seem equally incongruous to
  say they 'invented the wheel'.
  But I digress.
That's not what i meant; i meant the lies told specifically about
Columbus's trip (he believed the world was round when everyone else
thought it was flat, the Queen of Spain sold her jewels to finance the
trip, there were three caravels, plus many other myths which i don't
remember now and can't look up because that book was donated to
charity by someone else).

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