Impossibility of falsifying myths

PSI Blog 20211025 Impossibility of falsifying myths


Abhishek Chakravartty asks:


“You wrote that creation is not subject to falsification because it is a myth that belongs to a religious belief system. Can you explain why creation cannot be falsified although it is a myth?”


[GB: Abhi: Please reread the Galston link. In summary, myths are present in the heads of people. We have no way of testing them. Falsification is possible only for evaluating things and motions that exist or occur outside people’s heads. Anyone can claim the universe was created by gods, dogs, turtles, dark energy, or what have you. On the other hand, specific claims about actually existing things (i.e., xyz portions of the universe) can be tested. For instance, there are claims that the universe was created 6,000 years ago. If we found anything older than that, the claim would be falsified (i.e., shown to be false). I have done that myself hundreds of times through isotope dating and pedochronology. While that claim has been put to bed, there could be an endless number of creation claims. We could never test all of them in the same way we could never prove “there are causes for all effects.” In essence, infinity prevents us from falsifying fundamental assumptions, whether they be scientific or religious.


The Big Bang Theory is just another creation theory, which like more overtly religious versions of the creation myth, cannot be falsified. Only specific claims for it can be falsified. For instance, the discovery of elderly galaxies at the limits of observation falsifies the hypothesized 13.8-billion-year age of the universe. Unbelievers have discovered much more evidence for falsification. George Coyne alone lists 66 flaws in the theory.[1] Will any one of these bring down the Big Bang Theory? That is doubtful as long as the religious assumption of creation (Matter and motion can be created out of nothing) holds sway over its opposite, the scientific assumption of conservation (Matter and the motion of matter can be neither created nor destroyed).[2]]



[1] Coyne, George, 2021, Notfinity Process: Matter in Motion (2nd ed.), JCNPS, 408 p.

 [2] Borchardt, Glenn, 2020, Religious Roots of Relativity: Berkeley, California, Progressive Science Institute, 160 p. [https://go.glennborchardt.com/RRR-ebk].




George Coyne said...

Great blog Glenn! Glad to see the citing of Notfinity Process: Matter-In-Motion 2nd Edition (2021). The 67-page chapter titled Falsifying Big Bang Theory provides convincing evidence against the Big Bang theory, citing 191 scientific sources. The chapter concludes with the following paragraph.
I believe that one of the biggest reasons that BBT is so entrenched among astronomers is best explained in a quote from Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers whose books had a profound influence on the world, including Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Although he was speaking generally, what he said is applicable to many of BBT’s proponents. Tolstoy wrote:
I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the highest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.191

The 408-page Notfinity Process is now discounted at Amazon.com at $29.95 US. At Amazon in Canada it is $36.95 Canadian.

Bligh said...

Exactly true, just as Glenn B states it.