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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 27 2013: There is no absolutely proven scientific fact and there is no perfect art.
    That is why it is fun to be an artist or a scientist. Every new morning there are new things to discover and create.
    Basic education everywhere need to include basic philosophy, physics and math - as well as physical training, music and arts, so that everyone is given the basic tools to understand science and art. That would probably enhance the global scientific community.
    It's good that this kind of discussion takes place so that many can think about this subject and try to verbalise their own view.
    • May 27 2013: Science is "organized knowledge" who's knowledge? GODS knowledge, we have the power over it by understanding it. without the "understanding" we would not have power over it. GOD gave us the understanding in birth for a reason. so we may be at play. think of the universe full of LEGO"S that are smaller than one another and bigger For GOD has gave his children the understanding of them to be at play so his children may put these LEGO"S together to discover and claim. For mankind does not create only discover and claim, "But i speak Thy TRUTH, unless it is written nothing can be created, so be it thy discovery who may claim" Amen
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      May 28 2013: Fine Art and Theoretical Science (math and physics) have (creativity) much in common. Both tend to rely completely on imagination, curiosity, and unknowns for creativity. Fine Art must be expressed in a medium of canvas, stone, paper, pixels .... Theoretical Science must be expressed by mathematical proofs and models, which can be expressed with digital Fine Art. Some may say that Fine Art is an expression of theoretical actuality. Hence, “Reality ain’t actuality” always seeks reliable answers.

      Writings by gods and people are more of an institutional or delusionist applied art for crafting whimsical revisionist-reality (Examples (IMO): governments, religions, WallStreet, Microsoft, Hollywood …). Writers use explicit knowledge blended with some primitive and fanciful curiosity for producing entertainment with defective and definitive implicit purposes. Hence, “Reality is self-induced hallucination” always begs every question.

      Summary: Imagination should be considered an antonym to faith. Both have value, but are never interchangeable in intelligent or social conversation.

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