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13 Hypothetical/Scientific Reasoning A Crash Course on Theory Confirmation Theories, or hypotheses, are formulated in response to novel or unexplained experience, normally observational experience. Suppose I enter my front room after waking up in the morning and see that there is a record spinning on the turntable, the needle caught in the dead wax at the end of the side. What's happened? There are many possiblities. Here are three. 1 My wife got up in the middle of the night, put on a record, and went back to bed without lifting the needle and putting away the record when it was finished playing. 2 An intruder broke into the house, put on a record, and was scared off before the side was finished. 3 I went to bed last night without lifting the needle and putting away the last record I listened to when it was finished playing. - Each of these explains why I see what I do in the morning; each is a theory or hypothesis which implies (a description of) my observation. So which explanation should I accept?
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This note was uploaded on 10/01/2010 for the course PHIL 1000 taught by Professor Crystal during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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