Status of Impossible Abstract Requirements

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What happens in situations where an abstract requirement can't be met? What do we do when we would like to keep certain theories but those theories are left in limbo?

Occasionally methods ask us certain requirements which cannot be met. For example, supposing a surgical theories need testing, how would we apply a double blind trial? A surgeon cannot be blinded nor can the patient not know they are being operated on. Surely we do not outright reject surgical theories on the basis they cannot be tested in this way? Do we develop some alternate? Is there an tacit internal agreement between surgeons?

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