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Re: Braveheart

On Mon, 5 Jun 1995 Noramunro@aol.com wrote:

> Xavier writes:
> >treat history like any other statistical extrapolation from a data >set that
> is substantially less than the population
> Alionora(sp?) writes: 
> Except this really doesn't work, for two reasons.  One is general to all
> history, in that statistics do not account for the human element.  As Oscar
> Wilde once said, "it is personalities, not principles, that move the age."

The stasistical method was not meant literally but figuratively.
You have the historical evidence (Data set) the historical evidence 
is not all inclusive or entirely accurate except for certain events that 
are known as "FACT" the stuff in between these points are not so much a
concrete chain of events but quite often a group of corelated data which 
helps to get from point a to b but within a certain range the exact 
course that events took is greatly unknown.

As for Oscar Wilde's comment it is largely true, but neglects ideological 
movements which shape the personalities and give the personalities a 
voice that will be heard for if a people are not in the correct mindset 
due to the principles and ideologies that individual holds to accept 
another  person's ideas then the other person's  personality ammounts to 

(who isn't trying to start a flame war)

Eric Jon Campbell Sr Textile Engineering at NCSU
(alias) Xavier Campbell amature blacksmith and brewer     
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