If what you say had substance Engineering would not exist !
No, no. Predictability is enough for technology.
‘If you make this, put that and that together, and then push the button, the light will go on’ is a prediction. Prediction is the touchstone of scientific theories. If they succeed they can be used in technology.
From the clip; The Great Math Mystery
The head engineer of the Discovery rover said; Mathematics must be precisely right, but for practical purposes we don’t get paid to do it right, we get paid to do it just right enough”.
And even as they took shortcuts from the pure extended mathematics, they did it just right enough to land the Discovery successfully on Mars.
Science, thus is not about absolute truths as much as it is about predictability.
It turns out “predictability” is good enough.
I’m a sucker for trick questions - the “absolute” wrapped up in the Popperian Myth, which I’ve seldom seen discussed on it’s own merit, but instead tends to show up when people are looking for excuses to ignore the established and repeatedly reaffirmed ‘truths’ ;-) of climate science, made me sloppy.
That’s why I tossed in the Science isn’t Absolutism. So, what is truth?
Definition of truth
plural truthsplay play \ˈtrüthz, ˈtrüths\
1a (1) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality
(2) : the state of being the case : fact
(3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality
b : a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true truths of thermodynamics
c : the body of true statements and propositions
2a : the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality
b chiefly British : true 2
c : fidelity to an original or to a standard
3 a : sincerity in action, character, and utterance
b archaic : fidelity, constancy
4 capitalized, Christian Science : god
- in truth
: in accordance with fact : actually
Seems that in the end “Truth” is another slippery word like God that we can play with and manipulate into whatever we want to make of it.
Yet, yet, in the end there is a universe and Earth that operates by it’s own absolutely true and consistent rules.
We humans have tasked ourselves with discovering those ‘truths’ to the best of our ability.
And we’ve been way the hell successful, too successful for our own good in fact.
So we find ourselves in a sort of Dichotomy Paradox, half way there, half way there, yet never arriving - which of course is not how the real pragmatic world operates,
proof being that we are constantly arriving at our destinations. Or consider the “Carbon Theory” and all the complex modern marvels that would not, could not, function if scientists had not arrived at the true composition of our atmosphere and a true understanding of how the physics of its various components function.
That there is still more to be learned and refinements to make as our instruments improve still doesn’t make what’s known and useful untrue.