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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 12 2013: @Jahre....Is it possible that the experiment performed is faulty or inadequate ??
    • May 13 2013: Yep. Could be completely bogus, flawed and irrelevant...but still repeatable under the scientific method.
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        May 13 2013: Jahfre.....I, myself have repeatedly tried the same thing to repair a computer glitch and of course it doesn't work and I still try. Kinda dumb, isn't ?
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          May 14 2013: That reminds me of a story.

          A little girl was helping her grandmother dust furniture. Try as she might, the little girl kept having to go back over the same furniture several times because her grandmother kept pointing out the dust. At last the little girl looked up to her grandma and noticed something.
          She then said, "Grandma, when was the last time you cleaned your glasses?"

          Many times we perceive things through dirty lenses......a good wash now and then helps.

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