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Unformatted text preview: hypothesis that has been rigorously tested and had yet to be falsified. Only after existing as a hypothesis for a substantial amount of time can a hypothesis become a theory. We also discussed the difference between the sciences and the pseudo-sciences. Pseudo-sciences “pretend” to be sciences. In his essay, Popper classifies psychology and history as pseudo-sciences. Granted, this essay was written in the 1920s, there are definitely some scientific aspects to both of these studies. Now that we have fMRIs, brain wave measurements and can open the brain of a living patient, psychology has made some of its hypotheses testable. History can be testable by carbon dating and other techniques for determining relative ages. Now that these “pseudo-sciences” have testable hypotheses, they can be considered scientific hypotheses or theories, and I believe that Popper would have to agree....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course BIOS 120 taught by Professor Cundall during the Fall '06 term at Lehigh University .
- Fall '06