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Author Topic:   On the Origin of Life and Falsifiability
Dr Adequate
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Message 101 of 108 (784168)
05-13-2016 12:28 PM
Reply to: Message 100 by Genomicus
05-13-2016 10:15 AM

But I'm not sure that this is Popper's sense. I understood him to be talking about hypotheses which are so constructed that no acquisition of data would cause one to abandon them; not merely hypotheses where we are presently unable to acquire the data.

Otherwise, as I have pointed out, we would have to say that people constructing apparatus to test a hypothesis for the first time were expending their money and effort on researching a hypothesis which was not even properly constructed. People building the large hadron collider, for example, to look for the Higgs boson, were trying to investigate something which was not even a properly constructed scientific hypothesis, and wouldn't be until they turned it on, when suddenly the nature of the hypothesis would change: it would become properly constructed at the same time that the large hadron collider was.

But, as I understand Popper, it was already properly constructed: they could say what data would confirm or disprove the existence of the Higgs boson, and so they set out to acquire the data.

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Dr Adequate
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Message 105 of 108 (784249)
05-15-2016 8:44 AM
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05-15-2016 1:27 AM

Well, we'd need to know more about RNA. We could follow up on the work of Bernhardt, Kurland, and Harish & Caetano-Anoll├ęs.

Do you have any ideas as to how we could test if FUCA was capable of surviving space travel?

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