Q: Is fact something that has really occurred or is actually the case? ¶
Q: Is fact considered in epistemology and ontology? ¶
Q: Are facts taken to be what true statements stand for? ¶
A: Yes, and then we reach the counter-intuitive conclusion that there is only one fact - the truth.
Q: Are facts central to building scientific theories? ¶
Q: Is fact an objective and verifiable observation? ¶
A: Yes, and in contrast with a hypothesis or theory, which is intended to explain or interpret facts.
Q: Are facts generally believed independent of the observer: no matter who performs a scientific experiment? ¶
A: Yes, and all observers agree on the outcome.
Q: Is fact a repeatable careful observation or measurement? ¶
A: Yes, and also called empirical evidence.
Q: Is fact investigated? ¶
A: Yes, and established, and substantiated through the proper application of the scientific method.
Q: Is fact sometimes used synonymously with truth? ¶
A: Yes, as distinct from opinions, falsehoods, or matters of taste.
Q: Is fact verifiability—that is? ¶
A: Yes, and whether it can be demonstrated to correspond to experience.