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Can science actually prove ANYTHING to be 100% fact?

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1 hour ago, Raider5678 said:

I can't believe it's so hard to prove cutting off a guy's head mean's he's dead in 2000 years.

 

There are several billion humans, to show your hypothesis 100% accurate you'd have to cut off all our heads, who's going to check?

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"Science proceeds by proving itself wrong. "

I wouldn't put it that way- science does  not prove that science is wrong, it proves that certain hypotheses are wrong.

The "scientific method" works by:

1.  Observe and gather evidence.

2.  Find as many different theories and hypotheses that fit that evidence as possible.

3.  Extrapolate from those theories to find situations where different theories would give different results.

4.  Run experiments that emulate those situations to see whether or not you get the appropriate results.  Discard those theories that do not give the expected results.

5. Repeat!

No, science will never give 100% assurance that a theory is correct.  It works by successive approximations to reality.

If you know a better way, please tell us!

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11 minutes ago, HallsofIvy said:

"Science proceeds by proving itself wrong. "

I wouldn't put it that way- science does  not prove that science is wrong, it proves that certain hypotheses are wrong.

The "scientific method" works by:

1.  Observe and gather evidence.

2.  Find as many different theories and hypotheses that fit that evidence as possible.

3.  Extrapolate from those theories to find situations where different theories would give different results.

4.  Run experiments that emulate those situations to see whether or not you get the appropriate results.  Discard those theories that do not give the expected results.

5. Repeat!

No, science will never give 100% assurance that a theory is correct.  It works by successive approximations to reality.

If you know a better way, please tell us!

The day science thinks it's certain is the day it becomes a Faith.

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