Popper’s Paradox

July 26

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

(John 8:44) ESV

Scientific hypotheses must be falsifiable but the truth can’t be falsified, if it could it wouldn’t be true. Therefore popular science (SciPop) and truth are mutually exclusive.

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Scientific Hypotheses

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—

(1 Timothy 6:20) NKJV

For a hypothesis to be a truly “scientific hypothesis” it must be possible to design experiments that can test and either confirm or refute predictions which have been made using the hypothesis.

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The Scientific Method

But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.”

(Acts 8:9-10) NKJV

One of the ways that popular science (SciPop) attempts to be rigorous and hold itself accountable is through use of something called the scientific method. It’s a systematic approach to investigation.

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Truth

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

(John 8:31-32) KJV

Truth isn’t falsifiable so, technically, there’s no hypothesis for it. What if it isn’t testable either? That means it’s unscientific. And yet it’s still the truth. We’re watching a philosophical train wreck in slow-motion.

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A Theory of First Cause

Stylalized ball-and-stick water molecule

See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.

(Colossians 2:8) RSV

First cause isn’t the same as the Big Bang. The Big Bang, or more accurately we should say nucleosynthesis, is an effect, not a cause. Popular Science (SciPop) promotes speculation about a possible first cause.

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The Law of Universal Gravitation

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

(1 Timothy 6:20-21) NKJV

Physical laws describe broad classes of observations. They’re a summary of what we know. They don’t define the universe, they’re defined by the universe.

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The Mainstream Science Narrative of godless Existence

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

(1 Timothy 6:20-21) NKJV

For centuries the scientific mainstream has been building a narrative of godless existence (SciPop). The purpose of SciPop is to account for human existence in a way that requires no supernatural cause.

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Scientific Hypotheses

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—

(1 Timothy 6:20) NKJV

For a hypothesis to be a truly “scientific hypothesis” it must be possible to design experiments that can test and either confirm or refute predictions which have been made using the hypothesis.

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