Check This for Evidence
Adam D. Houk
I remember having an argument about the meaning of the word "fact" with a friend of my a few months back. Basically I stated that a fact is something that has actually happened, not something that has been theorized and or highly accepted amongst many as the truth. My argument was: Without an actual being to observe it there is no way to show that something is fact because we might later find out down the road there is another perfectly good explanation that fits all experiments and contradicts the current belief which also fits all the experiments. Without being able to distinguish which is true there is no way of proving one or the other is a fact.
Definition of current online Webster's Dictionary of the word “fact”:
a. thing done: as an obsolete: feat
b. crime <accessory after the fact>
c. archaic: action
2. archaic: performance, doing
3. The quality of being actual - actuality <a question of fact hinges on evidence>
a. Something that has actual existence <space exploration is now a fact>
b. An actual occurrence <prove the fact of damage>
5. A piece of information presented as having objective reality — in fact, in truth
My 1996 copy written Webster's Dictionary of the word fact:
1. A deed, esp. a criminal deed [an accessory before (or after) the fact]
2. A thing that has actually happened or is really true
3. Reality; truth
4. Something stated to be true - as a matter of fact in reality; also in fact
Notice how the 3rd definition was added in the newer version. By my 1996 version my statement is absolutely true. In the newest version this thing where people want things to be called “facts” which is best on quality of being actual instead of what is really actual is a matter of redefining our language to fit an agenda that is bent on removing God from this world. Yes when I had this argument it was because the Big Bang theory has been talked about as a fact when it is not a fact just by the mere impossibility a being actually being there to observe it, a fact is something that you can't refute. I can, God created the universe.
Adam is a Physics Graduate Student at Texas Tech University.