1/06/2010

Rational, Natural

The terms "Rational" and {Super}Natural have been brought up in a discussion, and I realize that often there are diferent understandings.

Rational == Logical and Verifiable
  • Logical = There are a set of understood first principals, e.g. Axioms that are, at least for discussion assumed. and then conclusions are derived from them by applying standard FORMAL logic, Math, etc.

  • Verifiable = The conclusions are clear enough so that they lead to predictions of the state of the observable world that can either be the basis of experiments or general obervations that are either fulfilled, i.e. or not, i.e. falsiable, and if the conclusions are not "true" then the original Axioms or derivations must be abandomed or adjusted.
Note: A good Scientiest/Rationalist should attampt to
derive conclusions that are improbable so that
they are probably false rather than ones that
are probable, e.g. they should try to DISPROVE
their "Rational" theory rather than to support it.


Supernational == ???

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Blogger 孤單 said...

時時刻刻抵抗誘惑,就是一種勝利。 ....................................................

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