WTM FAQ 1.10  Is this theory testable? / Is the explanation of the human condition a ‘non-falsifiable’, circular argument?


Is this theory testable?

For a hypothesis to become accepted as true, the scientific method dictates that it must first be tested, and in the case of a hypothesis about the human condition the ultimate test is how accountable it is of our own lives. That greatest of all physicists, Albert Einstein, once said that ‘truth is what stands the test of experience’ (Out of My Later Years, 1950). So, fantastic a claim as it may seem, what is being presented here is the long-sought-after, desperately needed, psychosis-addressing-and-resolving, human race-transforming explanation of the human condition. And the reason you will know that this is that breakthrough explanation is because once you understand the explanation and begin to apply it, you will discover it is so able to make sense of human behaviour it makes it transparent. This transparency of ourselves and our worldfor example, the exposure of all our falsenessthat this understanding of the human condition brings, is the ultimate ‘test of experience’ that confirms that the understanding being presented here is the long-sought explanation of the human condition. In this particular scientific studythe biological analysis of the human conditionwe humans are the subjects, which means we can experience, feel and know the truthfulness or otherwise of the explanations being put forward.


Is the explanation of the human condition a ‘non-falsifiable’, circular argument?


People have accused Jeremy Griffith’s explanation of the human condition of being ‘circular’ or ‘non-falsifiable’, that if you oppose this information you are said to be suffering from denial, leaving you no way to disprove or falsify the explanation being put forwardbut the problem only really exists at the superficial level because the ideas being put forward are not untestable hypotheses that must be accepted on blind faith, they can be tested as true or otherwise.

To look at the reality of the existence of the ‘deaf effect’, which is our inability to take in or ‘hear’ discussion of the human condition (see WTM FAQ 1.16). As Jeremy explains in the first four Videos/​Freedom Essays on our homepage, while we didn’t have the biological understandings of how genes and nerves work we couldn’t explain why we had corrupted our species’ original state of innocent togetherness, and as such we had absolutely no choice but to live in denial of our corrupted condition, our shameful ‘fall from grace’. As the great philosopher Plato described it, we had to hide deep in a ‘cave’ of darkness. So clearly when we do finally find the redeeming biological explanation of our corrupted condition, which Jeremy presents, we are going to have to go through a process of shock at having all the truth about ourselves revealed; we are going to be resistant to hearing the truth, we are going to suffer from ‘the deaf effect’. It just makes sense that that would happen. Indeed, Plato predicted that ‘deafness’ would be so great we initially wouldn’t be able to hear ‘a single one of the things we were now told were real’. So the human condition exists, and the ‘deaf effect’ denial of it is a reality; Jeremy didn’t invent that denial as a way of defeating any arguments against what he is saying, it’s just a fact.

Significantly, in describing how when the cave prisoner first ‘emerged into the light…​he wouldn’t be able to see a single one of the things he was now told were real’, Plato went on to say, ‘Certainly not at first. Because he would need to grow accustomed to the light [of the understanding] before he could see things in the world outside the cave’. Yes, our historic denial of the human condition can be overcome with patient reading and watching of the information presented. (See Video/​Freedom Essay 11 for more on Plato’s cave, the ‘deaf effect’ and how to overcome it.)


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Watch biologist Jeremy Griffith present first-principle-based biological explanation of the human condition in Video/​Freedom Essay 3, or read chapter 1 of his definitive presentation on the subject, FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition