I am unconvinced of this statement. I do not accept that opinion and provisional truth are equivalents. You'll need to offer a convincing argument to establish this claim. As I said in an earlier post, it is my opinion that blue is a more pleasing color. This is an opinion. It is not a provisional truth. In fact it is not a truth. Just because I believe it does not make it either absolutely true nor provisionally true.
I will concede it is possible for an opinion to become a provisional truth, but not that they are in fact the same. Provisional truth has a much higher wall of evidence that must be scaled than does opinion.
From: Mark R. Orel <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, November 26,[masked]:28 AM
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] My reply to an email my sister forwarded to me.....
An established opinion is the same as a provisional
truth. Semantically, we are either both wrong or both
correct. I leave it to you.
On[masked]:35, Randy Pelton
You thought gravity was an established opinion?
Wrong. Gravity is a theory. Theory is not a substitute
word for opinion an opinion is not a substitute word for
theory. There is an enormous difference between theory
(its scientific meaning, not its colloquial meaning) and
opinion. If you do not know this then you are afflicted
with some ignorance of science.
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