"Science is the only means by which Truth can be known." Discuss.

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“Science is the only means by which

Truth can be known.” Discuss.

Truth can be defined as something that is proven with the use of evidences to be right. Evidence is a reason to believe a theory; with more evidence, the theory is more likely to be true and it would be easier to persuade someone that the theory is true.

Science is often accepted as the “best” way to find out truth. Science includes observation and making hypothesis, and then tests the theory by doing experiments and testing it over and over again. Having tested the theory using various methods, the theory will be known as a fact. This is a good way to find out truth as the result can often be easily observed and test can be carried out on demand. We can also prove the hypothesis through experiment, thus is a reliable way to prove truths. However, science does not give absolute certainty, as we can never predict what will happen in the future. The result of experiments might change with time. While the theory is tested many times, the hypothesis is only true until falsified (Karl Popper), where new evidence and data might change our understanding and the truth.

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Historical truth, in a way, is part of a scientific truth as it requires observation and hypothesis. Though science is the most acceptable way of knowing truth, it can never prove anything without an object. Historical truth, however, does not require performing experiments over and over again. Instead, historians will look at documentical evidence, eye witness’ account and evidence from archaeology. This will sum up strong evidence of accuracy, while flawed evidence can be ignored. For gaps in the past without evidence, historians can interpret known facts and then make an approximate guess. This is not acceptable is scientific means, ...

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