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The term truth has no single definition on which the majority of professional scholars agree, and various degrees of the truth continue to be debated heavily. Scientific objectivism holds that truths are independent of our believes or beliefs... except for the propositions of the truth that are actually about our believes, beliefs, perceptions or sensations. Thus, what is really true or false is totally independent of what we tend to think is actually true or false. Therefore, the emphasis in our justice system of... the truth, and nothing but the truth so help... which will supposedly form the basis of facts presented in court.

The TRUTH - regardless many efforts to "proof" otherwise - is subjective. When two or more individuals agree upon the interpretation and experience of a particular event, a consensus about that event and its experience begins to be formed. This could be common for a few individuals or a much larger group, which then becomes the "truth" as seen and agreed upon by a certain set or sub-set of people... in other words the consensus reality or the prevailing collective consciousness.

Therfore, it stands to follow that one particular group (religion, society, community) may have a certain set of "agreed upon" truths, while another group (religion, society, community) might have a different set of consensual "truths". This let different communities and societies have varied and extremely different notions of reality and truths regarding our external world (i.e. the manifested or expressed creation).

The sciences, religions, education, a political stance and the beliefs of people or communities are a fine example of this level of socially constructed "realities". Truth cannot simply be considered truth when "enough" people regard it as the truth, because individual bias and fallibility; do challenge the notion that certainty or objectivity are easily maintained. Essentially, the inaccessibility of any absolute, final and objective truth, implies that there is no truth beyond the statistical-socially-accepted consensus of the majority of people... this means that there are accepted truths, but no "real" and "independent" truths.

On the other hand, the world around us is a set of definite facts, which exist independently of our perceptions, and these facts are often the final arbiter of the truth as we "interpret" facts. For example: A mother and father can only be, when there is children, when there is no children, there is no a mother or father; A tree falls or it does not; A woman is pregnant or not, there is no in betweens, if and buts. A statement would be true when it corresponds to these facts. Thus, the dispute between "fact" (objectivity) and fiction (subjectivity) of the truth essentially hinges on accessibility of facts (i.e. the availability, knowability and graspability thereof).

There is also the point of view that - in Hinduism for example - that the truth, facts and reality is determined by our level of awareness as related to our present environment... the rest is merely a non-reality. Anything that changes, which has birth (beginning) and death (end) is not really true, because it is here today... gone tomorrow (which, incidentally, could take some time to happen, but which will happen in the end). Thus, truth is momentarily and not eternally as we would like it to be... because things do change... constantly! Or maybe it doesn't.... we only think so, because we fail to truly understand what is actually happening around us, every day!

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The term truth has no single definition on which the majority of professional scholars agree, and various degrees of the truth continue to be debated heavily. Scientific objectivism holds that truths are independent of our believes or beliefs... except for the propositions of the truth that are actually about our believes, beliefs, perceptions or sensations. Thus, what is really true or false is totally independent of what we tend to think is actually true or false. Therefore, the emphasis in our justice system of... the truth, and nothing but the truth so help... which will supposedly form the basis of facts presented in court.

The TRUTH - regardless many efforts to "proof" otherwise - is subjective. When two or more individuals agree upon the interpretation and experience of a particular event, a consensus about that event and its experience begins to be formed. This could be common for a few individuals or a much larger group, which then becomes the "truth" as seen and agreed upon by a certain set or sub-set of people... in other words the consensus reality or the prevailing collective consciousness.

Therfore, it stands to follow that one particular group (religion, society, community) may have a certain set of "agreed upon" truths, while another group (religion, society, community) might have a different set of consensual "truths". This let different communities and societies have varied and extremely different notions of reality and truths regarding our external world (i.e. the manifested or expressed creation).

The sciences, religions, education, a political stance and the beliefs of people or communities are a fine example of this level of socially constructed "realities". Truth cannot simply be considered truth when "enough" people regard it as the truth, because individual bias and fallibility; do challenge the notion that certainty or objectivity are easily maintained. Essentially, the inaccessibility of any absolute, final and objective truth, implies that there is no truth beyond the statistical-socially-accepted consensus of the majority of people... this means that there are accepted truths, but no "real" and "independent" truths.

On the other hand, the world around us is a set of definite facts, which exist independently of our perceptions, and these facts are often the final arbiter of the truth as we "interpret" facts. For example: A mother and father can only be, when there is children, when there is no children, there is no a mother or father; A tree falls or it does not; A woman is pregnant or not, there is no in betweens, if and buts. A statement would be true when it corresponds to these facts. Thus, the dispute between "fact" (objectivity) and fiction (subjectivity) of the truth essentially hinges on accessibility of facts (i.e. the availability, knowability and graspability thereof).

There is also the point of view that - in Hinduism for example - that the truth, facts and reality is determined by our level of awareness as related to our present environment... the rest is merely a non-reality. Anything that changes, which has birth (beginning) and death (end) is not really true, because it is here today... gone tomorrow (which, incidentally, could take some time to happen, but which will happen in the end). Thus, truth is momentarily and not eternally as we would like it to be... because things do change... constantly! Or maybe it doesn't.... we only think so, because we fail to truly understand what is actually happening around us, every day!

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