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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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  • Jun 5 2013: No, we cannot even be sure that what we call reality is really that, I mean real in the sense of solidity and independence of the beholder because the tools for testing are part of what you want to test and is proven that the observer changes the result of the observable. We are readers of infinity, we have only a segment of an infinite rope and every time this segment is moved, we changed our minds.

    There is no explanation that can be tested because there is no beginning, the reality is only a presence without cause sustained by us and continually reinforced, trying to prove something is not part of this presence, it's just an idea us to believe that's the only true way, but it is not possible to study the infinite and try to explain it. The only thing you can try is to be and for that there is no device, law, treaty, speech, theorem, algorithm, equation or collider that is useful. Paradoxically, to answer the question latent in our minds is to forget what we have learned because we think that we know much facts about everything that is outside of us and, and we believe that whit this facts we will know who it is this that we call “I”.

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