The difference between Science and pseudoscience
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21-08-2016, 06:31 AM
RE: The difference between Science and pseudoscience
Here's my hit list of the unfalsifiable:

1. Anything labelled as supernatural or existing in the supernatural realm

2. All omni characteristics

3. Any god's existence

Here's my hit list of ad-hoc hypotheses:

1. God starting the big bang

2. Intelligent design

3. Any goddidit explanation

4. Suffering/evil having a purpose

Gods derive their power from post-hoc rationalizations. -The Inquisition

Using the supernatural to explain events in your life is a failure of the intellect to comprehend the world around you. -The Inquisition
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23-08-2016, 05:35 AM
RE: The difference between Science and pseudoscience
I'm a fan of the BBC's "The Infinite Monkey Cage" on Radio Four. I think - not that it matters - that it was a guest on one of this particular show's episodes who said that he thought that much of the New Cosmology, if not outright pseudoscience, is at least unfalsifiable to the degree that it is a sort of self-enclosed, self-referring world of mathematicians devising ever more arcane equations that can neither be proved nor disproved. As an erstwhile fan of "string theory" and the idea of parallel universes and extra dimensions, I found it at first disappointing to have to acknowledge the validity of this point, but I think it's justified. I'm not even sure what, if any, confirmations this sort of mathematician/physicist community has bothered looking for. Maybe they know they're not going to find anything.

Einstein's equation linking matter and energy has been simplified to E = mc² by the elimination of variables representing tiny quantities. But at least it is falsifiable, and it has been substantiated by irrefutable evidence from the mass changes in nuclear fission. Can String Theorists say the same about their 'discoveries'. Anyone know?
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