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Critical Thinking 6: Assessing Truth July 23, 2009 Kepa Korta [email protected]
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The verification process A statement is shown to be True. It has been verified or False. It has been falsified Or it is not shown either way. The statement remains undetermined
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Two types of statements Empirical. If true, it corresponds to an empirical fact, i.e., a fact that is observable in principle . Non-empirical
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Empirical statements Particular empirical statements My car won’t start Jim has shaved off his moustache The library owns a first edition of Hume’s Enquiries Caesar crossed the Rubicon in 44 BCE Tomorrow there will be a sea battle Venus will cross the Solar disk in June 2012
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General empirical statements Statistical empirical statements A majority of Canadians support the use of capital punishment Ninety per cent of snapping turtles do not survive the first three months of life Universal empirical statements All swans are white All birds fly
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Non-empirical statements?
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