Richard Hainsworth wrote:
Moreover, a survey should be testing perceptions, even if the perceptions contradict what some feel are facts. It sometimes pays to be agnostic about what can be counted as a fact to learn how other people think. Eg., in the real world there are those who perceive as fact the timeline of the history of life as set out in the Old Testament of the Bible, and there are those that look to other mechanisms for testing timeline theories, such as a the geological record. Dont want to start a religious war, just wanting to indicate that a survey can be useful if worded in a value-free manner.
There are also those who perceive as fact that the biblical and geological timelines are not mutually exclusive and are both plausible. -- Darren Duncan