Hey, I Didn’t Say That! November 19, 2012

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

I saw the quote on Facebook, attributed to Charles Darwin, but … he didn’t say it. It was a quotation from Clarence Darrow, most likely during the Scopes Monkey Trial.

Information from the internet should be double-checked, even triple-checked for accuracy. I found several websites attributing the above quotation to Darwin.

“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win.” – Mohandas Gandhi

This quotation is attributed to Mohandas Gandhi, yet there is no evidence he ever said it. As far as who did, the article it is found in suggests a trade unionist in 1914.

“Beam me up, Scotty” –Captain Kirk

Captain Kirk never said it. Yet I have heard it attributed to this fictional character frequently. The closest he ever came was “Beam us up, Mr. Scott” in the Star Trek episode “The Gamesters of Triskelion.

Quotations, whenever used, should be checked as to the authentic source. The internet is a powerful tool, however, it can be misused. The spreading of false or inaccurate information can weaken the educational potential of the internet.

Most of my posts are of original construct. Many deal with my position about a particular issue or topic. Some are backed with references, while others are musings off the top of my head. Take them for what they are worth. Factually check assertions and if you find them sound accept them. If your ideas meld with mine I would like to hear your take on whatever topic it may be. Perhaps it will expand my theatre of thought.  If your ideas contradict or disagree with mine I am willing to argue the points. Once again, my theatre of thought may be expanded.

(For more hoaxes, internet and otherwise, look here.)

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