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Single Idea 19685

[catalogued under 14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 6. Falsification]

Full Idea

Data do not quite speak for themselves, which speaks against a naive form of falsificationism according to which even the slightest mismatch between theory and evidence suffices to overturn a theory.

Gist of Idea

Falsificationism would be naive if even a slight discrepancy in evidence killed a theory


Timothy McGrew (Evidence [2011], 'Interp..')

Book Reference

'Routledge Companion to Epistemology', ed/tr. Bernecker,S/Pritchard,D [Routledge 2014], p.63

A Reaction

[He cites Robert Boyle wisely ignoring some data to get a good fit for his graph]