History and Philosophy of Physics


There is Only One Way to Correctness in Explanation: the Way Shown by Popper

Authors: Satish Malhotra

If there is a universal method of correct explanation (reasoning), it will naturally be the method of reasoning on all subjects, and it will be applicable in all situations and all circumstances. Popper’s theory-- method of falsification-- is the universal method of explanation and reasoning, there is no other way to explain correctly; it applies in all situations—practical or theoretical-- and is valid for all subjects—scientific explanations; it is the method of demarcation between science and metaphysics. As the rational human beings, we all reason out, draw inferences and form explanations. The inferences and the explanations a person makes is based on the knowledge the person drawing the inference has on the matter under his consideration. If he does not know enough about the issue being consideration he goes and asks a person who has knowledge of the subject (on which decision is needed). A person’s explanation emerges out of the knowledge a person has about the subject being reasoned—my knowledge and my reasoning has an inseparable connection. Wrong, incorrect or lack of knowledge is the cause of incorrect reasoning and incorrect inferences. Knowledge thus is an integral part of the process of reasoning; we in this paper argue the man has only one universal method of correct knowledge as such of the correctness of one’s explanation: long forgotten, Sir Karl Popper’s theory of knowledge, his criterion of demarcation between science and metaphysics (and between right and wrong explanation as well as the reasoning behind any explanation).

Comments: 10 Pages. revival of the long forgotten concept of falsifiability is an urgent necessity

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