Whatever is, is; Our Thoughts and Opinions Have no Effect on Fundamental Empirical and Logic Truths
Whatever is the case, is the case. That is to say, whatever is fundamentally true is true, and anything other than the truth is not true. Or, that which was, was. That which is, is. That which necessarily happens as an effect, will necessarily happen. Etc.
That statement (and related collection of statements) may seem pointless and redundant to even say on one level, yet in-practice we find ourselves arguing about what is the case all the time.
Consider, this is a fact-checking site (of sorts) and it is arguably useful because we as humans constantly believe things that aren’t true or simply don’t understand truths and are looking for answers. Thus, there is a market for researching things and attempting to find deeper truths.
Consider the following simple truth table:
That says, if an input is true, then the output is true. If the input is false, then the output is false.
If the input is 1, then the output is 1 and not 0. If the input is 0, then the output is 0 and not 1.
Within a system where that is the rule, then it is necessarily always the case.
A thing, in simple terms, can’t be what it isn’t and must be what it is. An event must be what occurred and can’t be something that did not occur. An input that necessarily produces an output, must necessarily produce that output (in a system where that rule exists). Once an output is produced, it is necessarily true that it was produced.
Deep metaphysics aside (where we can question if the output that was produced was produced for example), the above is necessarily true.
Within the construct of simple mathematics, 1+1 = 2 always, and it never equals anything else. The only way to break that rule is to get clever and turn to deep metaphysics or discuss systems in which the rules change. Of course, these are just tricks of semantics. If you change the rules, then what is true changes, however the concept that what is true is true does not change.
That is a simple and fundamental truth.
Everything is what it is and is not what it is not.
Anything that is in a single state, is necessarily in that state.
If we consider complex states like states of superposition as single states, then we can say that everything is in the state it is in.
Everything that is, is. Everything that was, was. Once something occurs, it has occurred, and it has occurred in exactly the way it occurred.
The logic is simple, the hard part is correctly identifying states with certainty given the probabilistic nature of truth and our inability to communicate, understand, and express concepts.
Still the problems are in our ability to express things and identify things, the problems aren’t in the nature of truth itself removed from our ability to determine and express truths.
In the old days we used to argue over what is the case and have to agree to disagree, then we had Google and that settled some debates with a search, then we had fake news and began to doubt everything (half joking). 😀
Still, even if we had a magical oracle AI that could answer every question with certainty, we would arguably argue about that which is the case and struggle to express our thoughts due to the constraints of human language and human understanding.
There is the certainty of truth as it is… and then there is human nature. These two spheres bump up against each other all the time, but they are not the same things.
Thus we are left searching and debating.
In many cases this makes sense, such as in a court of law where we are arguing events, actions, and their relation to manmade laws. Still though, all this again just speaks to our shortcomings as explorers, not a shortcoming of the universe regarding the nature of truth.
Deep metaphysic hole poking: Let’s say I make the argument that everything that is the case is also not the case, because everything exists as a range of things. For example, the reality is that the apple fell from the tree and did not. Well, then that is case. The more holes you poke, the more complex the truth becomes. However, there is always an underlying certain objective truth (even if we can’t know it).