Definition of truth and how to recognize it
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20-12-2012, 07:03 AM
RE: Definition of truth and how to recognize it
Fact: an observation, competently made.
Theory: an explanation that accurately models known facts, and predicts surprising new facts that themselves are consequently observed.
Truth: the underlying physical reality.
Where: truth cannot be reliably known as distinct from theory. Bad theories can be rejected in favour of better theories but we can never know whether an accepted theory is true in any absolute sense. Therefore, colloquially, we equate truth with the best established and most widely accepted theories which, after all, have been shown to produce unerring predictions for cases we regularly encounter - at least to the degree required to successfully engineer space missions and produce enough food for the global population.

Give me your argument in the form of a published paper, and then we can start to talk.
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RE: Definition of truth and how to recognize it - Hafnof - 20-12-2012 07:03 AM
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