C3 — Facts Glossary

Chapter 3
Absolute An absolute is something that is perfect, complete, always true, something never to be doubted or questioned.
Certain Certain is a characteristic of something fixed, assured, or inevitable.
Fact A fact is something proven to be true, real, existing or to have existed.
Fiction Fiction is an idea or story based on imagination rather than reality.
Objective/subjective Objective is to be impartial, free of bias or prejudice. Subjective is to be swayed by bias or prejudice rather than facts and evidence.
Plausibility This standard weighs the reasonability of a event or explanation.
Principal claim and reasons These are the two parts of an argument. The principal claim is the thesis or conclusion. The reasons support this claim through evidence or other claims. A claim is an assertion about something.
Probability This standard estimates the likelihood that an event occurred or will occur.
Reliability This is another standard: that the data was confirmed to be fact by a reputable independent source. Reliability also means that the confirmation proved dependable over time.
Thinking Purposeful mental activity such as reasoning, deciding, judging, believing, supposing, expecting, intending, recalling, remembering, visualizing, imagining, devising, inventing, concentrating, conceiving, considering.
Verifiability This is a standard for determining facts; that they can be tested and confirmed to be either true and/or in existence or past existence or not.
Verify To verify is to test and confirm the truth, accuracy, or existence of something.