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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 20 2013: Truths are alway the truths,so are the facts:).It doesn't matter prove or not:)
    • May 20 2013: Absolutely correct. Reality, the universe we live in, continues to churn out facts relentlessly every instant but humanity that came into existence as a by product of natures balancing process does not have the intellectual clarity to see that their illogical ruminations only lead to stress and suffering. But the positive process of recognizing natures ways will aid humanity to exist as nature intended like everything around humans do. Every independent human mind can and does go off at a tangent unless the proving process drives them back on the rails. Why? Natures process of life and living is a gift to enjoy the bounties of nature but naive humans think there is total freedom to do so. Unfortunately there is only one law, rule, mode of action, governed by axioms , that can give humans the utopia they deserve as nature intended and unless that single law is understood, proved and followed there is no escape from the dungeons of despair they have landed themselves in.

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