"Our Technologies Establish the Truth of many of our Scienttific Laws." Is there any Comparable means of Establishing Moral Rules and Norms?

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Throughout the history of science, there have always been experiments to verify scientific theories. For example, after having cried "Eureka", Archimedes would have set about confirming that the weight of a body immersed in fluid is equal to the weight of the fluid it has displaced . However, when Newton thought that an object's acceleration due to gravity was constant, he could not easily test this at the time. When Einstein conjectured that energy and mass are in fact the same thing in different forms, there was, due to a lack of technological expertise, no experiment to verify this. Today, however, after technological advances, experiments using vacuums and nuclear reactors go some way to establishing these theories as scientific truths. As yet there seems to be no equivalent process for establishing moral rules or norms as truths, but perhaps, as has happened with Newton's and Einstein's theories, this may change.

In my opinion, the most obvious objection to this possibility is that science aims to explain the physical universe, which is pre-determined and can be experimented on, while morality is a function of human experience which is ever-changing and can be irrational.

Of course, it must be observed that the statement above is not necessarily completely valid. The empirical scope of science actually constitutes its fundamental limitation. A scientific theory can never be proved through experimentation, as this would be induction (the process of deriving general principles from particular instances ): even if a theory has been tested hundreds of times, there is always the possibility that an exception may arise or that the theory is incomplete. In actual fact, the experiments we develop are technically only able to prove a theory wrong, rather than to establish it as a law. However, for the sake of practicality, we shall view...