What is proof?

Janice M. Glime jmglime at MTU.EDU
Sun Aug 15 23:36:35 EST 1999


  I wonder if we can really PROVE anything.  Does being there really make
it proof?  One could argue that we have not proved that what we see with
our eyes is a correct representation of reality.  People have claimed to
see things that most of us do not accept, such as UFO's.  But we accept
those things that fit our pre-conceived image of the universe.  My
grandmother never accepted that anyone had landed on the moon.  Proof is a
relative thing, even outside of hypothesis testing. 
Janice
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