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At Think Gene, Josh Hill ponders an "inherent problem with scientific theories." There are, he says, always an infinite number of equally valid explanations since science, unlike mathematics, never has perfect information. Bayes' theorem, he adds, only give probabilities on if a particular observation was caused by a certain event. "In essence, while science finds theories that explain the observations that we see, we have no way of proving if it is the one correct theory," says Hill.

Evolving Thoughts' John Wilkins says this idea is also known as the "Pessimistic Meta-Induction" and that it is not a real problem, but just a "trick of the light." Not all possible theories are realistic theories, he says. "As theories, along with techniques, protocols, and schools of thought, compete for attention and resources, those that are more empirically adequate will tend to be adopted, reducing the space of possible models. Who cares if it's still infinitely differentiable? We know more than we did," blogs Wilkins.

 

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