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Normally I don't do these, but this hit my "someone is wrong on the internet" button.

First, it depends on whether we're talking about science as the conceptual structure for knowledge acquisition, science as it's actually practiced, science as it's claimed that it ought to be practiced or what's commonly thought of as science.

Then, it depends on whether the question is actually about explanations or proofs. Since this is related to science, we ought at least try to be precise.

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No, we do not explain. We do not prove. We conjecture, explore and draw maps. The map is not the territory, but it just might get you there.

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