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Sunday, September 9, 2018

What is proof?


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What is proof? Here is my definition:


Proof is a evidence that establishes near absolute certainty


I believe there's not a clear line between proof and non-proof. For example, imagine that you see a person driving a public transit bus. Is this proof that the person is employed as a bus driver? I would regard this phenomena as proof even though I cannot be 100% certain that the person is employed as a bus driver. There is a small chance that the person driving actually stole the bus. Regardless, we can consider this evidence as proof because it generates near absolute certainty.



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