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Can you falsify the LOTA philosophy of science?

By Cornel Slenters

The LOTA philosophy of science is a 'risky' proposition according to the Karl Popper definition, since it can be potentially falsified.
This is an important feature since falsifiable theories enhance our control over error while expanding the richness of what we can say about reality.

In this section you are invited to falsify the LOTA philosophy of science and if you succeed you will have achieved two goals:
  • You will have made the LOTA philosophy of science even better.
  • It might make you famous.
Moreover, you will have two opportunities for falsification as is illustrated in this diagram:


Can you
                  falsify?

Potential gap towards the right (LOTA understates)

The LOTA philosophy of science claims to be a logical proposition based on 'all we know'. Hence, if you have experienced things in your life  which  go beyond the scope of the LOTA philosophy of science, you have identified a potential gap for falsification. We refer here to personal experiences and they may include experiences of people close to you. Important however: Only experiences count, you have to exclude theories.

Potential gap towards the left (LOTA overstates)

As mentioned, the LOTA philosophy of science is a 'risky' proposition according to the Karl Popper definition, which means it includes predictions about the nature of reality that are controversial and sometimes in conflict with majority views in science.

Here is an example:

The LOTA philosophy of science suggests that the Darwinian theory of evolution, a theory currently based on materialism, might be missing out on additional aspects in the dynamics of evolution which could be physical or non-physical in nature.

Thus the LOTA philosophy of science can be falsified if it can be demonstrated that such additional aspects do not exist.
Hence the potential for falsification is demonstrated.

Nevertheless in practice this type of falsification is difficult to achieve, such as in this example on Darwinian evolution where most of the research is based on ‘methodological materialism’ and would exclude non-physical aspects already by policy decision. Thus it cannot demonstrate the non-existence of an additional dimension.

Moreover one would have to falsify all data that suggests such a dimension. Here is an example: studies of migrating birds have established that the energy used during the migration flight is more than what can be explained from normal food intake. Hence the data suggests that these birds absorb energy from their surroundings during flight. Since energy and information are closely linked, we see again the suggestion that there is more to evolution than what the Darwinian theory of evolution tells us. You might disagree with this, in which case you need to  falsify this notion.

In short, the LOTA philosophy of science makes it easier on the scientist to study and explore phenomena that are currently blocked out through limited mental frameworks. In my view his/her time is better spent on exploring these new dimensions rather than looking for 'the gap'.

Nevertheless, the opportunity is there and serves as a component for continuous quality improvement.

Current status

This website offers an open invitation to falsify the LOTA philosophy of science by demonstrating that it either overstates or understates.
Hence we follow a process with built-in features for error correction, since we do not know what 'reality' is and use this process of successive approximations based on 'all we know'.

Where does the LOTA philosophy of science understate reality?

 - No verified examples on record (since 1996) .

Where does the LOTA philosophy of science overstate reality?

- No verified examples on record (since 1996).

 

The LOTA philosophy of science as a 'theory of everything' ?

The LOTA philosophy of science is a logical proposition based on 'all we know', meaning the entire experience of humanity serves as a pool of evidence. Consequently, if there is no falsification possible for LOTA 'understating reality', then we would have reached the maximum we can hope for, namely an integral architecture based on scientific principles that includes all of human experience, a 'Theory of Everything' from the perspective of human experience. That this is far from a dream scenario is already demonstrated in the Big Cycle in evidence link pages.


The LOTA philosophy of science as a 'theory of everything' would bring three major benefits:

  • It provides new answers to the ultimate questions of life.
  • It points to largely untapped resources of the creative mind, from which we can improve 'the state of the world'.
  • It provides a tool for science to falsify 'shaky' theories and replace them with better propositions.
 
Footnote:
The notion that  a meaningful 'theory of everything' can be achieved through physics is a non-starter, since a very large portion of what we find in contemporary bookstores is not explainable through physics. While a unified theory of physics is in principle possible, to claim it then as a 'theory of everything' would be highly pretentious since it would exclude major portions of human experience.
Moreover, the emergence of physical reality can be explained on the basis of the dynamics of consciousness, as is illustrated  through the Big Cycle in the LOTA philosophy of science and the ebook Breakthrough which you can download here for free. If taken the other way, namely a physics theory which can explain the dynamics of consciousness, there is nothing around that can stand the test of 'falsification'.
If you think there is, here is another invitation to falsify the LOTA philosophy of science.

In general, the phrase 'theory of everything' is an overstatement of what we can expect since we are part of 'the system' and our results will not be complete nor unique, a statement which applies to LOTA as well as to any other theory (Gödel). That is why the LOTA philosophy of science is seen as a process, which evolves with new insights. Moreover, other 'theories of everything' are seen as a contribution, provided they meet such standards as outlined here.  In combination they illuminate different aspects of our cosmos and may lead to new insights. 
 

Invitation to falsify


This is not for hip-shooters and it requires serious preparation.

Requirements for entering this dialog are outlined here.





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