Paper handled by Editor Ali Polat.

Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences might seem a strange place to publish this commentary, of which the title expresses a familiar widely accepted idea in epistemology—the theory of knowledge. The reason I write here is that I have lately heard talks and read papers by Earth scientists, who while working in science, gave me the impression that they think of their work as having a property characteristic only of pure mathematics. They claim that they have proved their results right. Reviewers, program managers, and editors of published work containing those claims appear to adopt...

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