body of fact

See: science, study
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In the first place, I have collected so large a body of facts, showing, in accordance with the almost universal belief of breeders, that with animals and plants a cross between different varieties, or between individuals of the same variety but of another strain, gives vigour and fertility to the offspring; and on the other hand, that close interbreeding diminishes vigour and fertility; that these facts alone incline me to believe that it is a general law of nature (utterly ignorant though we be of the meaning of the law) that no organic being self-fertilises itself for an eternity of generations; but that a cross with another individual is occasionally--perhaps at very long intervals--indispensable.
The strategy is well explained in an internal memo of a tobacco company from 1969: 'Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the mind of the general public.
A tobacco executive's apt summary, "Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the minds of the general public" (p.
A 1969 memo from tobacco company Brown & Williamson encapsulates the industry approach in the now-infamous words, "Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the mind of the general public."
He said: "Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact'" linking smoking with lung cancer.
For us, a frame is a boundary, the border of a picture but not the picture; by analogy, a way of separating off a concept or a body of fact in order to think with it as a discreet whole.
"Doubt is our product," reads the infamous memo, "since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the minds of the general public.
Denialism "was developed as early as the 1960s by the tobacco industry, which realized that they could buy time by spreading doubt about the nascent body of fact that indicated that smoking was unhealthy," Chris said.
His argument is that a broad view of human behavior is "realist" only if it incorporates the vast body of fact and theory from the life sciences during the last 150 years.
The book is designed to convince teachers, physicians, and a wealth of other professionals about the value to their respective fields of reflecting upon their practice and organizing the vast amounts of raw data they encounter daily into a carefully documented body of fact that will be useful to other practitioners.
For real progress, the assemblage of a large and systematic body of fact will need to precede the spinning of webs of theory.
Green's book seems to come to a close here, as would have been fitting, with Murray being given `the last word': that the OED, while needing to be added to, continued and extended with time, will remain the `great body of fact upon which all future work will be built.'