Reciprocal System of Theory

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The Reciprocal System of Theory is a set of ideas based on the work of Dewey B. Larson, an American engineer. The work claims to be a comprehensive theoretical framework capable of explaining all physical phenomena from subatomic particles to galactic clusters. The mainstream scientific community considers this theory to be untestable and unfalsifiable, and therefore considers it pseudoscience. The original work was published in The Structure of the Physical Universe from 1959, and has more recently been published in three revised and enlarged volumes. The ideas are promoted by the members of 'The International Society of Unified Science, Inc.' (ISUS).

The basic ideas of the Reciprocal System of Theory

The Reciprocal System is derived from its two fundamental postulates:

  • The physical universe is composed entirely of one component, motion, existing in three dimensions, in discrete units, and with two reciprocal aspects, space and time.
  • The physical universe conforms to the relations of ordinary commutative mathematics, its primary magnitudes are absolute, and its geometry is Euclidean.

Adherents of the Reciprocal System claim that it can explain all phenomena in the physical sciences. Critics of the system include the vast majority of working scientists who are aware of the system. These critics accuse it of being a pseudoscience, since they claim it cannot be tested by the scientific method. These arguments assert that a scientific theory that is not falsifiable (ie. does not deliver firm predictions about the results of conductable experiments) cannot actually explain anything. In their view, its present form does not contain any mathematical properties and therefore does not make exact numerical predictions, making it impossible to compare and test the RS theory against the established scientific theories.

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