brain and mind

x011 at Lehigh.EDU x011 at Lehigh.EDU
Fri Feb 3 23:58:46 EST 1995


In article <73261.caudle at irp.nidr.nih.gov>,  <caudle at irp.nidr.nih.gov> writes:
>On 31 Jan 1995 08:24:00 -0500,
>x011 at Lehigh.EDU  <x011 at Lehigh.EDU> wrote:
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>>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
>>dogma.
>>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.
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>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 yoda.nidr.nih.gov
>or
>Caudle at irp.nidr.nih.gov
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Excellent points!  Ron Blue



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