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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.


Is there an absolutely proven scientific fact?


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    May 14 2013: science for me are tendencies and patterns of the physical world..like art they observable and subject to theory and unlike art are demanded to be able to repeat a pattern in order to prove its truisms. I am hungry for new theories and will always keep my eyes open for new ideas or observations...but aware of past failings in science I am cautious in complete dogmatic belief...I always include world views and personal observation where applicable to widen my theories,including math based science as well as theory.Science is a way of gathering patterns which are revealing themselves to be endless ...therefore as a method it is useful...but cannot be a right and wrong directive,as it has not concluded a full observation and a FACT is premature without all data..

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