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Scientific theory Science aims to produce theories… Falsifiability In the 1960s the philosopher Karl Popper argued that repeated confirmations can never lead to certainty, but a single disconfirmation can show a theory to be false Popper suggested that a good theory is one that is falsifiable but withstands attempts to falsify it Limitations of the principle of falsifiability It is not possible to falsify hypothesis of the following form: “some x exists” Where x is an object, phenomenon, or characteristic Ex. Unicorns exist Therefore falsifiability cannot apply to all hypotheses “burden of proof”: If you are making a claim that something nex exists or happens, then you should be able to provide evidence for it If you argue that an accepted or viable scientific theory is not true, then you should provide evidence that contradicts the predictions of the theory (I.e. that falsifies the theory). Parsimony
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