Feasibility and Falsification in SciencewithVernon Neppe

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Vernon Neppe, MD, PhD, FRSSAf, is a neuropsychiatrist and head of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle. Together with Dr Edward Close, he pioneered the new discipline of what they call “Dimensional Biopsychophysics”. He is author, with physicist and mathematician, Edward Close PhD, PE, of Reality Begins with Consciousness: A Paradigm Shift that Works. He is also author of Déjà Vu Revisited, Déjà Vu: A Second Look, Déjà Vu: Glossary and Library, Cry the Beloved Mind: A Voyage of Hope, and Innovative Psychopharmacotherapy. His professional publications number over 700. Dr Neppe has amplified many of his concepts in three of the websites linked with his work. On www.Brainvoyage.com, his books are amplified. www.VernonNeppe.org is his gateway and includes more information on the Neppe-Close model of the Triadic Distinction Vortical Paradigm (TDVP) and some of the key publications are on www.pni.org.

Here he suggests that the criterion of “falsifiability”, as defined by the philosopher Karl Popper, has limited applicability in science. He argues that we should consider the scientific feasibility of hypotheses that are not currently falsifiable. This new term in the Philosophy of Science is called. “Lower Dimensional Feasibility, Absent Falsification” (LFAF) . Feasibility is particularly true in the social sciences — as well as in physical sciences involving more than three dimensions of space and one dimension in time. LFAF has important applications in the Forensic Sciences and in Medicine where feasibility may be more important than Falsifiability, and there are areas of science called pseudoscience.despite the methodology (e.g. parapsychology, consciousness research) and yet Cosmology and Evolution are ‘scientific’ despite not being falsifiable.

(Recorded on April 29, 2018)

Published on June 8, 2018


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