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Does an idea have to be proven for it to be true?

Asked by: Joey_G
  • Everything has to be proved to be true.

    Lexically, every truth is in accordance with fact or reality. How does one recognize this accordance? If the answer is “by means of logic”, then it is "proved" that something is true or not, whether it is an idea or not. It is noteworthy that “idea”, as personal belief, should not be untouchable under the pretext of not being inquisitive, a flaw from which the present issue might have been raised. After all, an idea is not necessarily wrong if it is not proved to be true.

  • Not everything that can be known would be known

    Things can just be, regardless of whether or not we can prove it. I'd like to take the assumption of a flat earth as an example. It has been used against Christian belief countless times. We have an advantage of hindsight in our favor and so you will have to put yourself in the shoes of someone that lived in that time. You are taught, along with the rest of the world that the world is flat. To all of your senses and with all the knowledge you possess you know this to be true. However, even with all of your reasoning and "evidence" we now know this is not the case. The truth is always there, but not always evident. I know this works in either direction but my point is that just because something cannot be proven at this point in time does not necessarily mean it is untrue, despite what all of our "knowledge" and "reasoning" tells us.

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  • Truth is truth.

    What is true, is true whether or not it has been proven yet. A truth is a fact. A fact whether known or unknown remains a fact. This question sounds like a riddle to me. If I told a child that had never heard of an elephant and whose family refused to believe in such a creature that elephants were real, it would not matter what they believed, because it is true. The only problem is that we cannot actually truly know if an elephant is real, because what if we really were living in a matrix and nothing we experience is real. So then, we all may be wrong about the truths we believe in. The answer still remains no though, because a truth is a truth simply because of the meaning of the word.

  • no it does not

    The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. It is also known as an argument from silence and it is a fallacy. Just because we don't know something does not automatically make it untrue. Truth is truth no matter how we perceive it. There are many things that haven't been proven so we can't make assumptions.

  • At one point, many obvious facts were not proven.

    If an idea must be proven to be true, it would logically follow that many of the truths that we know today shifted at some time from being untrue to being true. Before Fancesco Redi's experiment regarding spontaneous generation, it was believed that maggots developed from rotting meat. It would be preposterous to say that, at any time in history, maggots were generated from rotting meat, yet it was unproven until the mid 1600s. This does not mean that maggots developed in this way before these experiments; it simply means that the minds of humans did not include this knowledge. Thus, these truths have always been valid, but they have not always been proven.

  • Invisible Truths Can't Be Proven

    The obvious example regarding invisible truths is love. I may, in fact, love my significant other, but how would I prove that? Actions can be forced and words can be deceiving. That doesn't make my love for him any less. The question is also flawed because you might be capable of proving that your idea is true, but that doesn't necessitate that it has to be proven in order to be true.

  • No, it doesn't

    Just because something is not proven does not mean it isn't true. There are things that were truths before they were technically discovered by science, but they were no less true before being discovered and proven. Proof does not mean something is true, either, as there are things that at one point was proven to be true that turned out false.


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Daktoria says2013-04-11T22:52:54.677
It's a bad question. Things can be true without being proven, beliefs aren't necessary until they're proven, and people may believe in what's yet to be proven. People aren't omniscient, nobody should be forced to assume the risk of unreliability, and people can have reliable judgments even if they're not capable of being communicated.
Anonymous says2013-04-20T00:24:30.030
All that needs to be said to answer this is:

Was the earth flat until it was proven to be round?