"...director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change..."
Braaaaacckkkk!!!! (Alert klaxon)
There is a title with a foregone conclusion!
It should be something like,
Tyndall Centre for Climate Study..."
... or "Measurement" or "Analysis", etc...
And, by "truthful", I include being "truthful" to themselves...
I have precisely the same objection to the "GoreBull Warmists" who are twisting facts to PROVE that humans are destroying Earth as I do to the "YEC" proponents who are out to "PROVE" that their adherence to Ussher's [mis]interpretation of Genesis outweighs all the true scientific observation that has ever been done.
(BB & A-G, can you recall the last time one of us claimed we had "PROOF" -- of anything?)
Goodness, you never heard that word coming out of my mouth! I strongly doubt my dearest sister in Christ, Alamo-Girl, ever uttered the word "proof" either, except to note that "proof" is a word that pertains to the domain of logic/mathematics. Certainly I have never heard it from you, TXnMA!
Anyhoot, human beings living their lives are not mathematical objects. In the sphere of human life and action, there are never any "proofs"; moreover there is never perfect certainty about anything.
"Proofs" are only available where deductive methods are employed. Deductive reasoning starts from a general case assumed to be true, and moves down to specific instances, which are then tested against it. But the scientific method is just the reverse, inductive: One starts with the specific instances (evidence), and then tries to move to the general case (what the evidence shows).
I totally agree with you here:
Once an "investigator" (or organization, or movement or half the whole world gets on a mission to "PROVE" something, (rather than search for unadulterated evidence to refine current understanding) they cease to be scientists (or theologists) or, even, truthful....And that's a FACT!
Thanks ever so much for your wonderful insights, TXnMA, for pointing us to the "loaded language" involved in the Tyndall Center's self-description and how the language itself helps to shape the public debate towards a preconceived conclusion.
As you say, the word "proof" only applies in mathematics and trial law.