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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: You have made the common mistake of looking at science in reverse. The scientist doesn't prove he disproves. Experiments are designed to disprove a hypothesis. The more experiments that are done which don't disprove the hypothesis the more reliable it becomes, but technically there is no truth only "what we think now" which must change if an experiment disproves it.
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      May 10 2013: If you read my OP you will see that I have not taken a stand yet. I will of course, in time :) So there is no question, as of now, of making any mistake on my part :) I think I explained that even many scientists are not decided on the question I posed.
      Thanks for your input!
    • May 11 2013: So, are you saying there are no absolutes?
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        May 12 2013: Yep, even scientific "laws" are up for adjustment eg. Newtons laws of motion. These needed the caveat "At non-relativistic velocities" added due to the work of Einstein.
        • May 12 2013: Newton and Einstein were both wrong in several ways and I can show proof, just as I did with gravitational lensing, which Pabitra could not refute and neither can you or anyone in science. I can do the same with speed of light theory and gravity.

          If you or science can refute what I offer, then and only then will I play follow the leader.
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          May 12 2013: I believe that there is only one axiom that exists. The only thing we know is that we do not know

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