|Dr. Bibek Debroy|
In the Nyaya school of darshana (philosophy), different types of proof were mentioned. To keep it simple, there were four types of proof – perception, inference, comparison and testimony. Let’s leave out inference and comparison, those aren’t relevant for present purposes. So we have testimony by someone regarded as trustworthy and perception. How many of us have seen Mount Everest or actually measured it? However, we believe that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain because someone has actually measured it. More importantly, we believe that if we actually attempted to measure it, we would find this to be true. In other words, we accept testimony as proof because we also believe it is empirically falsifiable.
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