|This was a picture I drew on the back of my test.|
It sort of makes more sense in context of some of
the earlier questions.
The main problem with operational definitions is that they can never quite capture the entirety of the construct. A man can give a woman flowers, chocolate, hugs, kisses, rides to the grocery store, and still not love her; conversely, a man might do none of these things for a woman and still be completely devoted to her. There are many intangibles--things below [edit: or above] the observable surface of life and its workings--that empiricism must, by definition, leave out of its way of studying the world. Anything that cannot be captured by a merely physical description nor be replicated cannot be studied empirically. The Prophet Joseph Smith's first vision of God the Father and the Son, for example, cannot be reproduced on command for observation; yet Joseph and thousands or millions of others insist that they know it happened.