- May 20, 2009
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Who does the test is irrelevant.Frank, the complaint by deniers here that "science is not done by consensus" is a common one. It is often accompanied by the counter that a theory should be falsifiable and that it should be tested for repeatability and the ability to make accurate predictions. I fully agree that hypotheses and theories should be falsifiable and that they should be tested for repeatability and the ability to make accurate predictions. But I am left with the question for you: WHO is to do these tests? WHO is to determine whether or not a theory is falsifiable? And the only thing I can take from the manner that you and your colleagues present these arguments is that you believe every individual with an interest in such topics is personally responsible to conduct such tests on all theories they wish to test. If that is not the case Frank, then, again WHO should be doing these things? WHO should determine whether a paper - submitted for publication to a refereed journal describing a given hypothesis (ie, a proposed theory) and describing background, reasoning, experiments and their results, satisfied predictions and conclusions, proposing that this hypothesis is worth deeming a valid theory - should be accepted as valid?