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Truth?

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 I was very interested in our class discussion on Thursday about truth and the idea that nothing can ever be proven true.  In my Biology class we recently read an article on truth in science and how common it is for scientists to edit their results in order to publish something of significance.  In the final lines of the article, the author questions the scientific method and states “Just because an idea is true doesn’t mean it can be proved. And just because an idea can be proved doesn’t mean it’s true.  When experiments are done, we still have to choose what to believe” (The Truth Wears Off).  I found this idea very thought provoking and similar to the unsettling ideas we discussed in class about not finding truth in science.  As someone who wants to go into science in the future, I do not feel comfortable with this because if there is no truth then what is the point to studying and science in general if we can never find a true answer?

I was also very excited to start the reading this week because On the Origin of Species has been quoted in every science book and class that I have ever taken.  After thinking about the idea of truth, it further provoked my curiosity to read Darwin because Darwin’s theory on evolution is so widely known, discussed, and accepted as truth, I was excited to find out what makes him so special.  So far he definitely has my attention and I am eager to keep reading to possibly find an answer to my questions on what is truth and what truth really means. 

 

 

 

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