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Single Idea 7779

[catalogued under 14. Science / C. Induction / 3. Limits of Induction]

Full Idea

According to Popper, induction is a dispensable concept, a myth. It does not exist. There is no such thing.

Gist of Idea

There is no such thing as induction


report of Karl Popper (The Logic of Scientific Discovery [1934]) by Bryan Magee - Popper Ch.2

Book Reference

Magee,Bryan: 'Popper' [Fontana 1974], p.31

A Reaction

This is a nice bold summary of the Popper view - that falsification is the underlying rational activity which we mistakenly think is verification by repeated observations. Put like this, Popper seems to be wrong. We obviously learn from experiences.