On Tue, 14 Apr 1998, Martin Burns at EasyWeb Design wrote:
> However, you can't ever say that something is proved, merely
> that there has been no substantial disproof - if a solid exception
> to gravity were found, all of Newton's 'proof', along with Kepler
> and so on, would go out of the window. All 'proofs' based on
> experimental evidence are no more than working theories - quite
> reliable, but temporary never the less. That's the whole
> weakness of empiricism.
It's not a weakness, only a limitation. Unfortunately there is more
of a tendency in some quarters to fixate on the limitations than to work
as well as we can within them.