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If Facts by themselves never prove or disprove anything, what else is involved in the proof of a statement

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If Facts by themselves never prove or disprove anything, what else is involved in the proof of a statement? How do we know? What makes us so sure that everything we learn is in fact real and true? There are many things involved in the proof of a statement. One of them are facts, however, a fact by itself is not sufficient. Facts are very important to prove a statement; nevertheless, by themselves they cannot prove anything. There need to be evidence, experience, perception, the use of language, knowledge, information, and so forth. All of these compliment each other, and joining all of them together, the necessary proof for a statement can be obtained. Proof can be summarized into one single word: knowledge. Knowledge is what provides us with information about the past, present, and future, and most importantly, with proof. Yet, for us to be sure that it is in fact true, all of the areas of knowledge must come together and form one, this way, all kinds of information and facts come together, and we can prove things. For anybody to be sure of anything, he or she must research all areas of knowledge, even those that seem useless and completely out of place, because these might also provide answers. ...read more.


If there is the case of a virus for example, all the memory, including the pictures, is deleted, and there is no more of this evidence. Yet, the digital camera was created for a reason, meaning that it is easier to develop the pictures and one can make all kinds of changes with them, for better or for worse. This however leaves us with another disadvantage: evidence, and therefore proof can be modified. If there are changes made on the pictures, and if the evidence is the only proof, the final This then brings another point; the language used can also change how people perceive things. Language is that which we as humans use as a mean of communication. Language plays a very important role in our society, especially when it is misused or modified in order to reach a certain target; to manipulate people. Words can be changed to make them sound more intelligent, or complicated, or simply to obtain a different purpose. By doing this, there is a modification, and thus, the person might have the wrong idea, and his or her conclusion might be different. There exists a problem with languages that are very similar, like Spanish and Portuguese. There may be words that sound the same and are written in the same way, but their meaning is totally opposite. ...read more.


In the movie "Contact", this is clearly seen. This movie involves the disagreement present in issues of knowledge and religion, mainly through the characters Ellie and Palmer. Ellie is a brilliant scientist who does not believe in God, as she needs proof to believe in anything, however, Carl Sagan once said: "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence". To her, God is just an intellectual creation that allows man to deal with the unknown. On the other hand there is Palmer. He is a spiritual scholar and a strongly religious person who uses his faith to answer his questions. Ironically, these two join, symbolizing that knowledge and faith need to join for the benefit each other, for there to be "proof". There are many aspects involved in the proof of a statement, being that facts by themselves never prove or disprove anything. All of these aspects are somehow connected, and it is because of this that proof can be obtained. Knowledge is extremely important, since it is what composes the information. Yet, it is with the evidence that we can really know that what we know is true, and we can really speak with certainty about it. However, because of the use of language, experience and perception, these can vary. Moreover, there is also the joining of faith with knowledge. Furthermore all of these together can bring proof to a statement. ...read more.

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