Meta or Meta-meta Theory

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metatheory or meta-theory is a theory whose subject matter is some theory. All fields of research share some meta-theory, regardless whether this is explicit or correct. In a more restricted and specific sense, in mathematics and mathematical logicmetatheory means a mathematical theory about another mathematical theory.

The following is an example of a meta-theoretical statement by Stephen Hawking:

Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis; you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory. On the other hand, you can disprove a theory by finding even a single observation that disagrees with the predictions of the theory.[1]

I suspect that underneath Hawking wants God to show up to prove his theory wrong! nullnull
I guess I will have to read Hawking’s book – since the interview cited above is rather meta-bullshit.


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