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Corrections of Interest

Corrections of Interest

> Last week, Conflicts of Interest began with an error, when I misspelled my friend Dan Pavlik's name. The error made it through fact checking and copy editing. Then I saw it again as I proofed the story and yet another time when I page-checked it just before it was sent to the printer. Or rather, I didn't see it. I saw what I thought I should be seeing instead of what was actually there.

This kind of error is one of the reasons that we have fact checkers. They protect the world, which is, as Wittgenstein says, "the totality of facts, not of things," by seeking to prove the writers and editors wrong. But, they don't question what we call...