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Single Idea 3864

[catalogued under 14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 5. Anomalies]

Full Idea

Whether to reject an anomaly has to be decided on the basis of the availability of a rival theory, and on the basis of the positive evidence for the theory in question.

Gist of Idea

Anomalies are judged against rival theories, and support for the current theory


W.H. Newton-Smith (The Rationality of Science [1981], III.9)

Book Reference

Newton-Smith,W.H.: 'The Rationality of Science' [RKP 1981], p.75