Lost for Words? You’re not the only one.

The seminal 1970s concept album Tales of Mystery and Imagination by the Alan Parsons Project begins with the recorded voice of the legendary Orson Welles. In his inimitable voice Welles reads out an extract from Edgar Alan Poe’s Marginalia (1844 – 1849) in which the idea of ineffability is given an evocative and powerful expression. The ineffable is that which cannot or should not be expressed in words. Poe writes, “For my own part. I have never had a thought which ...

Karl Popper’s criterion of Falsifiability

Throughout his academic career, Karl Popper (1902-1994) had to defend himself from being branded a ‘positivist’ as he was on an altogether different path from the Vienna ‘logical positivists’ (including Wittgenstein) and their search for a criterion of ‘meaningfulness’, that is a clear demarcation between ‘sense’ and ‘non-sense’. In this respect, the positivist quest was purely ‘linguistic’ whereas Popper’s was a purely ‘scientific’ one. For the latter, the ‘positivist’ quest was a mistake as every time we attempt to define a ...