An earlier question Can explanatory historical accounts (as opposed to descriptive ones) ever be falsified? seems to contain the opinion that descriptive accounts can be falsified. In connection with the question Did Jesus live? (Skeptics.SE) this particular descriptive issue is discussed. A recent book with facts described in Einhorn L. A Shift in Time, discusses whether the Gospels places Jesus’ missionary period 15-20 years too early. I consider that a theory and look for a proper terminology in terms of falsifiability.
I offer a similar theory where the outcome lies in the future: determination of compliance for high level radioactive waste with national standard. In the US it would be the NRC’s standard, based on EPA’s Public Health and Environmental radiation Protection Standards for Yucca Mountain, Nevada (40 CFR Part 197). The details are irrelevant for our purposes. For the sake of argument we assume that the issue is whether in the distant future a person might suffer consequences below or in excess of a certain dose. The theory would be the applicant’s safety assessment and claim of compliance with the standard.
I see here the same characteristics as the first “theory”. Would you accept that
1 In both cases theories are used;
2 the theories are testable in falsifiability terms, in principle;
3 the problem arises in the implementation of the test?