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6. Cellular Automata > Falsifiability

Falsifiability

Wolfram holds that his principle is a stronger claim than the Church-Turing thesis because it is about the natural world rather than abstract models of computation. But saying that natural processes “can be viewed as computations” strikes me more as a statement about theory choice than a hypothesis about the natural world.

Also, with qualifications like “almost” and undefined terms like “obviously simple,” his hypothesis may be unfalsifiable. Falsifiability is an idea from the philosophy of science, proposed by Karl Popper as a demarcation between scientific hypotheses and pseudoscience. A hypothesis is falsifiable if there is an experiment, at least in the realm of practicality, that would contradict the hypothesis if it were false.


  

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