Is the frozen plasticity theory a scientific theory? Can it be falsified?
As shown by T.S. Kuhn, in contrast to simple scientific hypotheses, complex scientific theories can be neither verified nor falsified. A new scientific theory usually outcompetes the old theory because it is more elegant and more simple. Later on, it often turns out that the new theory covers a broader spectrum of biological phenomena than the old theory; however, this is not the main reason for its victory. The usual mechanism of the victory of a new theory is generation turnover. The book “Frozen Evolution” says: „Until the old proponents and co-creators of the original Neodarwinist theory leave for a better world or at least for a welldeserved rest, and are replaced by a new generation of scientists that, metaphorically speaking, absorbed the selfish gene theory with their mother’s milk, and until these scientists decline sufficiently to start writing their own textbooks, the new theory will be presented in textbooks maximally as a sort of cream on the cake and not as the basic theoretical framework of the field.“
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