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Chapter 3: How Does One Prove Something to be True and
The first aspect one needs to consider when researching the truthfulness or factual status of
any subject would be to have a good understanding of how truth can be verified. When
someone, with some credentials behind his name, makes a statement, many people would
accept it as true. Just because he has studied a specific field or discipline, it does not
necessarily mean that he would understand every aspect of that discipline. Unfortunately
credentials alone do not provide a trustworthy basis for proving any statement factual and true.
Neither do they provide added legitimacy to any findings. Regrettably our society today has
become accustomed to accepting any information, divulged by “experts” in specific fields of
study, as the absolute truth. This tendency is not new and has happened throughout history.
In the recent past, with the introduction of relativism, the need for people to question and
discover for themselves has been attacked and muted.1 Since “truth” is no longer deemed an
absolute, it removes the need for questioning statements. It allows situations in which any
information is delivered in a way that would assume acceptance by the receiver, without
question. Should you question the information, based on evident facts that do not match the
information, you would be singled out as a bigot or termed old-fashioned. The fear of voicing
your own opinion places you in a dangerous position, since it has a numbing effect on your mind
and forces you to accept information without questioning it. Determining whether the
information is actually true or false, is no longer that important.
People today have much less trouble automatically accepting information, provided by the
media and “expert channels” like National Geographic, as true. People assume that the
information has been screened and filtered by an expert on the subject matter. It can therefore
be trusted and all the information would be considered as properly researched, accurate and
truthful. Let us go back a few centuries and look at how “truth” was established in the past –
how some of the difficulties people encountered then, are still present in our process of
understanding today.
A few hundred years ago, the majority of people believed that the Earth was flat.2 Technology,
a few centuries ago, was limited and scientists were restricted in their ability to conduct
experiments. This limitation affected the way in which their understanding of a specific subject