Friday, May 19, 2006

Falsifiability: Theory VS Tautology

A hypothesis has conclusions... If those "conclusions" when applied in practical terms to explain "observations" and "phenomenons" then this hypothesis becomes a "scientific theory"; this is the "scientific method"!

A scientific theory is falsifiable, that is to call your hypothesis a scientific theory you should be able to answer this question: Give me an example when the theory is wrong?
So lets take ( F=ma ); If you ask Newton to give you an example when he is wrong, this would be the answer: "If you can find a 1-kg mass, moving under net force of 1-N, with acceleration 2-ms-2 then my theory is wrong"; so ( F=ma ) is a candidate to be a scientific thoery!

Similarly if you ask an atheist to give you an example when he is wrong he'd answer: "If the christian god existed then i would be wrong"

But an agnostic cant answer that question!! Saying "God exists or God doesnt exist" cant possibly be wrong! This is a "tautology"; A statement that cant possibly be wrong is called a tautology and does not say anything about the world! Thats why some people call a tautology a redundancy!


husams said...

So you mean atheists have a scientific theory which is still valid till now, while theists have just hypothesizes, I agree with you

And that’s why agnostics are far closer to be atheists than theist, because agnostics don’t stand against valid scientific theories.

Devil's Mind said...

We'r reaching an understanding here :D ,

I think, even if you are not absolutely sure about something, there is rational reasoning which will direct you towards one hypothesis more than the other...