Falsis articles

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A falsis article is an article about a claim that make some falsifiable predictions, but also immunizes itself to criticism by making assumptions about individual critics or groups of critics.

Characteristics of a falsis

A falsis is falsifiable at a macro scale level, but infalsifiable at a micro scale level. The lack of falsifiability at a micro scale is in the form of making assumptions about critics, which silences criticism or is capable of silencing criticism if the falsis become popular and/or powerful enough in society. It is still possible, for those who do not fear the labels that the falsis puts on its critics, to criticize the falsis for its false predictions.

Whether or not the falsifiasble predictions have actually been falsified has no bearing on whether or not a model is a falsis. Both claims that have been falsified and claims that have not been falsified can be falsices.

Examples of falsices


When Karl Popper wrote that Marxism is not falsifiable, he meant that it can explain away any criticism of it as an excuse for capitalist interest, making Marxists impossible to argue with. It does not change the fact that the Marxist economic theory of inevitable concentration of capital until the revolution is falsifiable (barring the immunization of criticism caused by assuming "agendas"), which also happens to be falsified and false. This makes Marxism a falsis.

Writing falsis articles

A falsis article differs from a H/T article in its ability to explain away any criticism by making assumptions about the "motivations" of critics. This means that falsices are pseudoscience. The falsis article does, however, also differ from a debunkal article in that it is capable of containing examples of falsified predictions, falsified or not, made by the claim. Reductio ad absurdum may be used in such cases, just as it can in the case of H/Ts.

Changing articles into falsis articles

Some H/T articles as well as some debunkal articles on this wiki may be misclassified and should be reclassified to falsis articles. This applies to H/T articles about claims that assume things about people who criticize them (especially psychological, psychiatric, sociological and some neurological articles), as well as to debunkal articles that contain criticism of concrete factual errors in the pseudoscience (as opposed to only examples of infalsifiability).

Practicalities of article reclassification

Just as is the case for transformation into debunkal articles, it is for practical usability reasons recommended that leaving red links is avoided. This means that articles should be moved in ways that leave redirects.