Be wary of expressing absolute certainty, as in: The data prove the existence of automatic ageism. Removing speed cameras will result in an increase in the number of road deaths. Children are definitely more aware politically than in previous generations. Even though you think there is overwhelming evidence to support a proposition, someone else may think differently, and even the most eminent experts on a subject accept that they might be wrong. In academic study, all knowledge is contestable and something can only be proved to be false, not true.
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