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Posted by Bruce on November 5, 2002 21:52:20 UTC

There are models for doing science. They have have domain of applicability. The models either work or they don't work (either verified or falsified). We do experiments to test them in their domain of applicability. Those who can't grasp this simple idea and insist on testing models outside thieir domain of applicability are 'most likely' crackpots.
Such as someone who claims Einstein made a mistake the way he modeled time in relativity and then can't produce one result which could falsify Einstein's model. Newton modeled time differently and we can produce numerous results which falsify the Newtonian model. Therefore we can possibly say that Newton's model of time is falsifiable. His model is still very useful in a domain of applicability where the ratio GR bookkeeper time / Earth time is ~ 1. Van Flandern has always argued GR is wrong. His model (whatever it is) will soon be falsified by the Kopeikin experiment and he knows it. Thats why he 'spin doctored' what the experiment was trying to measure.

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