Karl Popper's Falsification

published 5 years ago by BBC Radio

Science is based on fact. Isn't it? Narrated by Aidan Turner.

NCCU might take that scientists begin with hypotheses such as old swans are white and then go about looking for evidence to support them. Karl Popper disagreed. He suggested that scientists do indeed begin with hypotheses bold hypotheses that can be falsified by evidence. But rather than looking for supporting evidence. Popper argued scientists go out of their way to refute their own hypotheses. Testing them to destruction. They go out searching for black swans not more white swans. Science is all about falsification. Not confirmation. The series of conjectures and refutations. A former Marxist himself Popper wasn't fond of Marxism. Marxists argued that theirs was a scientific analysis of history. Everything that happened was determined by ...

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