brain and mind

caudle at caudle at
Thu Feb 2 18:16:08 EST 1995

On 31 Jan 1995 08:24:00 -0500, 
x011 at Lehigh.EDU  <x011 at Lehigh.EDU> wrote:

>A theory becomes worthless if no efforts are make to construct procedures
>to measure predictions.  If a theory is correct only 10% of the time and
>there are no other models to explain the results then the poor theory will
>be the one taught in school.  If hard science has rejected a topic as
>unmeasurable then the theory taught in school will be philosophical.
>Theories that are too good and not currently accepted should be suspect.
>Dogma is a theory that is no longer questioned.  There should be no
>Ron Blue

A quick consult of Webster's:
Theory - a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body 
of principles offered to explain phenomena.

Phenomena - an observable fact or event.

If a fact or event is observable it is measurable, thus a theory can be 
formulated about it.  If it is not observable then its existence is not 
known and, therefore, no theory can be assembled.  It is possible that a 
theory, based on some observation, predicts the presence of presently 
unknown phenomena.  However, the prediction must be testable (measurable) 
to verify the theory.  The observation of some predicted phenomena may have 
to await the development of the technology to perform the measurments, but 
the predicted properties of the phenomena should give insights into the 
technology needed to make the observation.
Robert M. Caudle                                      "If I had my life to
NAB, NIDR, NIH                                         live over, I'd be a
Bldg. 49, Rm 1A-11                                     plumber."
9000 Rockville Pike                                        A. Einstein
Bethesda, MD 20892

Caudle at
Caudle at

More information about the Neur-sci mailing list