The Prof. Feynman Twitter account recently tweeted “The statements of science are not of what is true and what is not true, but statements of what is known with different degrees of certainty.”
It is a remarkable reminder. I also see it as a useful nuance. It made me wonder where truth plays a role. My guess is, that truth is more of a shortcut than a useful concept.
True are the things we believe in as well as the way we perceive things. It makes truth unique to us. The way we experience something is our truth. And rarely what is true to others.
Truth, as a shortcut, comes down to what we know.
What the quote also reminds us of is that science seeks to know and prove something as true but builds on the idea that what is accepted as truth is what has not yet been proved to be wrong. What we know thus only has a probability or a certain degree of certainty – one that might be widely accepted as a reality we assume to be confronted with.
That little bit of doubt may be a good reason to let go of debates on who is right when it comes to science.
And maybe beyond.
It doesn’t change, that it is worth speaking the truth and gaining clarity about our truth.