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Author Topic:   On the Origin of Life and Falsifiability
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Message 5 of 108 (779862)
03-08-2016 11:59 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Genomicus
03-08-2016 3:23 AM


“In so far as a scientific statement speaks about reality, it must be falsifiable; and in so far as it is not falsifiable, it does not speak about reality,” wrote Karl Popper in The Logic of Scientific Discovery.

I don't agree with Popper about that, but I'll avoid the technicalities.

I agree that assertions about origin of life (OOL) are usually not scientific conclusions. Mostly, they are speculative hypotheses. However, that's not a criticism. A lot of science starts with speculative hypotheses.

OOL is particularly difficult, and possibly we might never have a clear conclusion.

Finding other planets with life would be interesting and might give insight. But the distances to such planets might make this difficult.


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