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Selfconsistency (or self-consistency, самосогласованность) of a concept means, that no internal contradiction of a concept is known.

Selfconsistency is 4th among 6 TORI axioms, postulated to be compulsory for any scientific concept at the article Science and at the Main Page. Its importance is discussed below.

Grammatical aspect

Following the rules of the English grammar, the term should be written as self-consistency (see, for example, [1]).

However, while using the search engines, or making references, the dash character (-) is not convenient as part of name. In particular, similar characters are generated by different UTF codes: "-", "–", "\(-\)", and "_" look very similar, causing errors at the including of text from Mizugadro or TORI to articles and manuscripts. Sometimes, the text processors and the search engines qualify these symbols as different characters, that causes problems: the dash disappears, or causes the error mesage, or makes the link invalid. While many screen fonts make no difference between "-" and "–", the use of these characters in filenames should be avoided.

The same applies also to the "_" character; in wiki sites, it is interpreted as equivalent of spacebar, used to indicate the space within the page name. This allows the engine to recognize the end of the url (indicated with spacebar) and not to confuse it with spaces within the filename (indicated with "_" character).

In such a way, the word selfconsistency is created, borrowing some grammar freedom from the German language. Hope, this causes no confusions.

Importance of the axiom

The 4th TORI axiom postulates, that every scientific concept is self-consistent, id est, no mutual contradiction of the concept has been revealed. Different researchers, applying the same concept, are supposed to come to the same results, to the same predictions, even if they use different ways of deduction, applying the concept.

As soon, as the first internal contradiction within the concept is found, this makes cause for disqualification of the concept. For example, many non-classical effects in quantum mechanics and some effects in the special theory of relativity had been qualified as paradoxes in the attempts to disqualify these theories.

From the first look, the need of selfconsistency is so obvious, that there is no need even to mention it as a special axiom. On the other hand, the examples are known, when the dialectics [2][3][4], or doublethink (See Orwell1984) [5] are treated as some appropriate way to deal with mutually-contradicting statements, combing them in the same internally-contradictive concept; or even are treated as the compulsory way of thinking, deduction and speaking (see Newspeak and doublethink ). George Orwell indicates that science cannot advance far on the base of any doublethink concepts, and indicates that this is not obvious in some societies. For this reason, the selfconsistency is declared as the special, fourth postulate among the TORI axioms.

Rejection of the newspeak

The goal of the 4th axiom, about selfconsistency, is similar to that of other axioms, id est, to reduce the amount of concepts, that deserve serious scientific consideration.

Although, with some skills, some useful information can be be extracted from the text, written in newspeak, at Mizugadro, this language is qualified as non-appropriate for the scientific knowledge. However, the religious or artistic texts have more freedom and may use any languages for their purpose; pages, that use newspeak as way to deliver the message, should be qualified with [[Category:Religion]], or [[Category:Art]] or [[Category:Humor]].

In such a way, selfconsistency is one among other 5 properties, that make a concept to be scioentific.


  2. Immanuel Kant. Critique of Practical Reason. (Kritik der praktischen Vernunft) 1873. .. We must, then, have the Elements and the Methodology of it; and in the former an Analytic as the rule of truth, and a Dialectic as the exposition and dissolution of the illusion in the judgements of practical reason. ..
  4. di·a·lec·tic. .. 3a. The Marxian process of change through the conflict of opposing forces, whereby a given contradiction is characterized by a primary and a secondary aspect, the secondary succumbing to the primary, which is then transformed into an aspect of a new contradiction. Often used in the plural with a singular or plural verb.
  5. Nineteen Eighty-four, by George Orwell. web edition published by eBooks@Adelaide. Rendered into HTML by Steve Thomas. Last updated Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 08:44. .. Science and technology were developing at a prodigious speed, and it seemed natural to assume that they would go on developing. This failed to happen, partly because of the impoverishment caused by a long series of wars and revolutions, partly because scientific and technical progress depended on the empirical habit of thought, which could not survive in a strictly regimented society. ..


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