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tests, predictions, confirmations, hard to vary

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  • hibbsa
    There s the relative standing of knowledge between fields, which is fine. Then there s explanations referencing themselves in terms of being more hard-to-vary
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2013
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      There's the relative standing of knowledge between fields, which is
      fine. Then there's explanations referencing themselves in terms of being
      more hard-to-vary than they were before. Of significance here, the
      overwhelming majority of justificationalism in Science corresponds to
      doing the same thing, which draws into question the justificationalism
      that is ascribed to it.

      A non-trivial prediction (i.e. of something new, unanticipated, and
      significant about the world) that gets confirmed adds new nowledge and
      pushes the explanation up the hard-to-vary scale (because changes now
      have to imply that new knowledge as well as all the other things.

      Repeatability successively narrows the number of dependent variables,
      and hones into their interactions and respective properties creating
      upward pressure on various associated hard-to-vary statuses (say, what
      the defines the experiment, the granularity of repeatability, precision
      of results, etc). All which feedback to the predicting theory as more
      upward pressure (because harder to vary prediction/experiment makes the
      theory harder to vary for the same prediction.

      When a theory leads to something new in technology some part of it fixes
      into the laws of nature as snug and hard-to-vary as the last piece in a
      jigsaw puzzle. The hard-to-varyness when ths happens transcends the
      fragilities of human explanations, attaching instead to the sense and
      ways Nature itself is fallible.

      When new technologies enable fundamental shifts upward hard-to-vary
      pressure may be felt throughout the knowledge creating organism. etc etc
      etc
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