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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

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Truths and Facts. Does Science prove anything?

There is a great deal of interest of us in examining claims of ‘truths’ and ‘facts’. In such examination there is a noticeable stress on scientifically proven facts which can be taken as fundamentally true. This is possibly because mathematics is the language of Science and we make mistake thinking mathematical proofs to be reflecting the essence of scientifically proven facts.

Does science necessarily prove anything? The way mathematics proves a proposition?

It is surprising that such a basic debate cannot be laid to rest and a conclusion arrived at even after 1934 book by Karl Popper: The Logic of Scientific Discovery.

Alan Moghissi, Matthew Amin and Connor McNulty of Institute for Regulatory Science, Alexandria, Va wrote to the editor of Science (the magazine) disagreeing with Peter Gleick and 250 members of the (US) National Academy of Sciences writing to the editor of Science : All citizens should understand some basic scientific facts. There is always some uncertainty associated with scientific conclusions; science never absolutely proves anything.

http://www.nars.org/Voice_of_Science_Articles/Does%20Sciences%20Ever%20Absolutely%20Prove%20Anything.pdf

Is there an absolutely proven scientific fact?

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    May 10 2013: G'day Pabitra

    Very good question Pabitra , science proves that we are still interested in rediscovering ourselves & our environment for which we live so it does prove something.

    Science is flawed because man is flawed which is the same with spirituality/religion or anything else man has anything to do with for which we must accept as we have no other avenue in rediscovering ourselves at this point in time.

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    Mathew
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      May 10 2013: Hey Mathew!
      Good to see you here again! :) I noticed your new conversation already. I must say I missed your trouble making :D
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        May 10 2013: G'day Pabitra

        I love trouble because if your not getting into trouble your just agreeing with others without thinking for yourself which has become habitual in our modern day society!!

        Maybe I shouldn't listen to the scientists when they say that we still think while meditating as they could be wrong, I should meditate for the rest of my life so I don't have to think so I wouldn't get into trouble again but no that wouldn't do for me I'm afraid I love thinking maybe toooo much so trouble is my middle name for as long as I think for myself.

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        Mathew

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