Unformatted text preview: subjective certainty) • Decide whether the hypothesis in question actually explains the evidence. 3. Consider Alternative Hypotheses • Be creative and maintain an open mind. • Include reasons that support the hypothesis • If a paranormal hypothesis is offered, find alternative, natural ones as well. • Resist personal biases that limit the hypotheses offered. Step 4: Rate each Hypothesis using the Criteria of adequacy • Testability (Can the hypothesis be tested?) • Fruitfulness (Are there many observable, surprising predictions?) • Scope (How many things can be explained?) • Simplicity (Is this the simplest explanation?) • Conservatism (Do established laws and theories conflict with the hypothesis?)...
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- Spring '07
- Consider Alternative Hypotheses