Fact FAQs:

Q: Is fact something that has really occurred or is actually the case?

A: Yes.

Q: Is fact considered in epistemology and ontology?

A: Yes.

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?

A: Yes.

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.