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Posted by Richard Ruquist on February 8, 2002 14:35:53 UTC

But you can prove premises from introducing additional, perhaps more basic, premises. If the premises you use are self-evident, which is a subjective thing- different people may not find the same premises to be self-evident- then that is the best you can do.

The point you are on the verge of concluding is that there is no such thing as an absolute proof. The best you can do is to make assumptions and derive their conclusions. The conclusions are then only as good as the assumptions. That was my beef with DoctorDick. He claimed to have an analysis that had no assumptions.

So the bottom line is that nothing can be proved for sure. Science has adopted a set of assumptions that by convention we most all agree on. Using these assumptions plus observation and designed experiments, science can make predictions that have a more or less high probability of being true. But it's still all probability. Nothing is known for sure. Even the sunrise.


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