Animal Fact/Animal Fable
. Crown Publishers . NY
QL49.S517 1979 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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"I presumed that I already had this paperback book in the collection. I do not, and there is a reason for not including it. It does not deal with fables at all. But it presents a fine instance of the popular use of "fable." The introduction explains the book's use of "fact" and "fable" by assessing the belief that bats are blind. "If bats are really blind, that belief is true; it is a fact. But suppose the bat flies in that odd way for another reason, and is not really blind. Then the belief is a fable; it is not true." The cases which the book raises are fascinating. Do bees sting only once? Are owls wise? Do wolves live alone? Do crickets tell the temperature with their chirps?"