Solutions are omnipotent fantasies unless they have been tested. Solution testing implies testing their functionality and requires a precise design of the tests. The “trial and error” use of solutions is not a pilot test.
Pilot tests have two objectives:
– Falsification of knowledge
– Validation of knowledge
1) Falsification – Destructive testing
Falsification, in the field of complex problems, implies finding the limits of the validity of a given solution. To do so, it is necessary to develop experiences in homologous fields until the limits of validity are found.
Two elements are homologous when they have the same “nature”. A whale and a dog (an extreme example) are homologous if they are considered as mammals. A dollar and a yen are homologous considering that they are both currencies.
These two cases demonstrate that homology can be total or partial. When the solution necessary to influence a reality is falsified in a totally homologous field, then it is naturally secure. The extreme condition of this example is the homology of two identical elements.
The falsification process is a destructive test for solutions that are applied to realities with incomplete homologies.
The destruction occurs when a condition is found to demonstrate the fallacy of the solution.
2) Validation – Non-destructive testing
Validation implies the factual confirmation of the validity of solutions. Validation is achieved when a solution suffices to exert influence on a reality in a predictable way.
The validation process is homologous to a non-destructive test in the field of material research. Validation implies cause-effect relations.
Validation provides a reliable solution to operate under controlled conditions.
The solution is valid if the conditions of the application environment are analogous and homologous to the characteristics of the validation environment.
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