We tend to interpret things as we insist they have to be interpreted. In Ars Magica the original authors, Mark Rhein*Hagen and Jonathan Tweet, interpreted the world of Mythic Europe as presented by what they read on the subject. Which means they followed the interpretations of those who insisted that what people in Renaissance days said was going on
In science we get interpretations based in large part on what the interpreter prefers to be right, whether it is or not. As an example we have people insisting that since Gravity as to be a force, it means that gravitons must exist. Which means that any results we get from experimentation has to point to gravitons.
Or, cats have to rub against people and things in order to leave their scent. That cats do this is because it feels good is anathema to these people, for only Humans can have such feelings. Hate to tell you this bub, but Darwin told us we aint so different from other animals as you insist.
What does such misinterpretation get us?
Road blocks. Road blocks and red tape. What we get are delays in how our knowledge progresses. All too often we get occasions when we have to go back and correct our mistakes, for more often then you’d like what we think we know has to be corrected.
There are people who insist that domesticating an animal is a matter of training, when it is far more a matter of breeding. The California Grey Fox was domesticated back before the white man came. The North American Bob Cat and the Raccoon are in the process of being domesticated, for there are individuals in both populations who can and do tolerate associating with Humans, and even go so far as living with them. Zoological Puritans aside, any animal comfortable living with us will live with us and your laws aint worth rotting meat.
Then you have the Tasmanian Devil, who insist on treating us as though we are replacement mothers. Same as with dogs, cats, and even horses. But we keep insisting they have to be wild animals because that’s how we insisting on interpreting them.
We see things because that’s how we want to see them. Seeing them another way scares us because we hate being insecure. So you get people who insist that the Sasquatch can’t exist because the very idea of the animal’s existence scares them. Got news for you, but existence don’t give a rats ass what scares you. Existence just is and you can just get used to it.
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