A meta question. About applying a theory to itself. Can Popper's theory (methodology) of falsification be applied to his own work?

Suppose we found evidence that science advances by adopting non-falsifiable statements, wouldn't that prove that he was wrong? Maybe the statements themselves are not scientific, according to his standards, but maybe for the ones making the statement they are.

  • No; Popper's theory is not a scientific theory. Jul 11 at 15:34
  • @MauroALLEGRANZA So he could be wrong or he could be right. That is indeed no science. It is more a belief system.
    – user53163
    Jul 11 at 15:36
  • It is philosophy... And everyone everywhere could be wrong or could be right; also science. We are human... Jul 11 at 15:37
  • @MauroALLEGRANZA And luckily! But Popper philosophizes as he has found an extra-scientific fact about the sciences. A fact that I think is wrong.
    – user53163
    Jul 11 at 15:41

In principle, yes. The core of Popper's philosophy is that scientific results, scientific theories must be falsifiable. If they do not conform to this standard then it is no viable scientific theory.

This means that you simply have to find a theory that is not falsifiable.

You can say that these are not real scientific theories precisely because they do not conform to the standard of Popper, but then you overlook the fact that they are used by actual scientists.

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