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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 7 2013: Science is a continuous study of Nature. It is always on the move because we can never reach the ultimate boundary of discoveries and knowledge. Hence, scientific proofs are time bound, one accepted fact may be acceptable today, but modified or even rejected after some new discoveries are made tomorrow. There is, however, one thing that proves right every thing beyond any doubt. That is Al-Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (saww). You may believe in these or not, these two Divine sources of knowledge give us 100 % proven facts and relieve us of many burdens of un-necessary research efforts. Just try reading these sources of factual knowledge in all sectors of life. You will be amazed to find out yourself.
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      Jun 7 2013: And I thought Islam was a continuous study of Allah, always on the move because we can never reach the ultimate boundary of Allah. Scripture interpretations are time bound, constantly modified or even rejected.
      • Jun 8 2013: Islam is continuous obedience of Allah. Whatever is required to be known about Allah, it is clearly mentioned in Al-Quran and further explained by the Prophet Muhammad in his sayings. These are all authentically recorded. There is no need of continuously studying Allah, however Allah does ask us to ponder and reflect on His signs spread all over the universe. Here, of course, a continuous study is required, the discoveries recorded and passed on to coming generations, who can improve upon these further. I agree to some extent that earlier scriptures were meant for those periods only and for particular nations only, but Al-Quran is applicable until Doomsday. It is meant for entire humanity. It has been interpreted for us by our Prophet Muhammad through his sayings and demonstrated actions which are authentically recorded as well. Besides, the authentic scholars of Islam may also give their opinion on new issues, in the light of their Islamic understanding, which are not explicitly covered either in Al-Quran or Sunnah of Prophet. It thus remains dynamic and remains valid for all times to come. Belief, and firm belief, in Allah Almighty is the top most priority. Seeking Allah's pleasure is the aim of our life here. That makes lot of difference in our life style. We become accountable to Allah in all respect and, therefore, always try to do things in conformity of Allah's directions. Life of Muhammad(saww) is the best example for all of us to follow. Only there lies the salvation in both the worlds. Let us think about it. It is the most important thing in life if one comes to think of it. Allah may bless us all, Ameen!

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