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CHAPTER 3: THE EVALUATION OF SPECULATIONS Evaluation of speculations o 3 criteria: TRUTH, BEAUTY, JUSTICE TRUTH o Model must be designed to be testable, falsifiable Early cognitive dissonance theory: blame the experiment Dismissing a dissenter as going through a farther rejection phase Piling up qualifications to explain results o Test example: Why did students riot in 1960s? Model 1 riots expressed resentment of authority; Test by surveying students for resentment Testable But test’s model’s assumption not its derivation Better: find colleges that are more riots than others and see if there are more riots Model 2 riots due to frustration at students demands being ignored Test by examine the record of student riots on many campuses to see if the model is true Testing procedure to vague to be taken seriously Better: code campuses into those that ignored student demands and those that didn’t; see who had the most riots
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course COMM 402 taught by Professor Hample during the Spring '10 term at Maryland.

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