On not skipping over facts

I read recently Sarah Bakewell’s delightful book, . Then by chance today (possibly via @Storythings?) came across this quotation from his :

“I realize that if you ask people to account for “facts”, they usually  spend more time finding reasons for them than finding out whether they  are true. … They skip over the facts but carefully deduce inferences.  They normally begin thus: “How does this come about?” But does it do so?  That is what they ought to be asking.”

Quite so. The more time I spend thinking about it – and it’s quite a lot already – the more puzzling economic facts seem to be.

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