Commonly used but erroneous means to arrive at truth:
By social concensus.
Tradition (concensus of the past)
How these erroneous means are leveraged and influenced in society:
Others appear to believe it – “how invested parties can cause apparent conviction among some to spread to many”
Respected/influential individuals appear to believe it.
Government appears to believe it.
Team mindset. – “We need to be on the same page to get the job done”
Probablistic nature of truth:
Truth is a matter of probability, of whether an outcome is likely to be realized in x iterations.
The higher the probability, the closer to absolute truth (which is unachievable)
Truth, as it is impossible to prove 100%, and conversely it is impossible to disprove 100% meaning anything is always possible.
Can truth be derived empirically? A toolbox.
Many angles from disparate sources – “In order to build up probability”
Utility – “Rubber meets the road. Theory meets reality.”
Logical consistency – “Boolean Logic in Computer Science is measured in terms of True/False. Logic and truth are intimately intertwined”