RE: virus: Sham(an) again

Robin Faichney (
Wed, 17 Sep 1997 10:06:54 +0100

> From: David McFadzean[]
> At 12:02 PM 9/16/97 -0700, Eva-Lise Carlstrom wrote:
> >That depends on the question. If the question is "Are the blue rocks
> all
> >salty?", then by sucking them you're testing a hypothesis. That's a
> >scientific experiment. If, however, the question is "What do all
> these
> >things taste like, anyway?", it's simply sampling, not testing any
> >particular hypothesis.
> Maybe I'm being stubborn again, but I don't understand how exploring
> the world can be considered the reverse of science. (Has anyone found
> the reference in the Principia Cybernetica web?)

This is one of the fundamental principles of evolution. There is no
theoretical aspect to it, whatsoever, which is why it's not science.
This is not a case of which comes first, experiment or hypothesis,
because there is no hypothesis, and therefore, unless you use
the word very loosely, no experiment either.