“Those who have knowledge don’t predict. Those who predict don’t have knowledge’ (Lao Tzu). Evaluate the paradigm in relation to specific areas of knowledge (natural sciences).
When we examine the ways of knowledge generation, validation and assimilation across specific areas of knowledge we observe that the means of discovery can have different paths. Natural science follows a process of the empirical method where observation of a set of phenomena leads to the postulation of a theory. The theory itself leads to a set of predictions that are then put to test through experiments by the community of scientists that sets out to prove or disprove the theory through experimental evidence. Natural science would not have become an important cornerstone of human knowledge and progress if it did not have prediction at the core of its method.