Tautological Status of the First Law

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Is the first law a tautology, i.e. can it in principle be violated?

As any law, the first law attempts to forbid certain courses of action, for otherwise it would lack any empirical content and would be a tautology. However, it is not quite clear whether the law in its current formulation can be contradicted by any conceivable situation. So the question is whether the law is tautological or non-tautological, i.e. whether there are circumstances (perhaps the collapse of the society which contains the scientific community) under which the first law can in principle be violated?

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated in 2016. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the question has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.


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Scientonomy1 January 2016The question became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.Yes

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This topic is a sub-topic of Mechanism of Scientific Inertia.