Absolute Truth

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What is truth? I tend to go with the 'things that are true' definition, but that's obviously pretty glib. There are all kinds of other definitions. Some are based on coherence; some on consensus; others on repeatability and the scientific method. Some stress logic; others stress parsimony. Some hold that truth is universal and absolute while others claim it's in the eye of the beholder. This is not a question that keeps me awake at nights, to be honest, but I'm damn sure truth isn't something you can vote on.

Recently, the Texas School Board added to its shame by voting 11:3 that Texas school books should include weasel text to make the scientifically determined age of the universe seem controversial - when it is not - ostensibly to open the door to teaching creationism.

There are objective ways to decide what's true and what isn't. Voting on it sometimes has the guise of objectivity, but it's doing it wrong.

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