The Falsification Principle Karl Popper

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  • The Falsification Principle: Sir Karl Popper
    • Austrian-British philosopher and professor.
    • 20th century
    • "Science is more concerned with falsification of [a] hypothesis than with [its] verification."
      • The FP has its origins in Karl Popper's philosophy of science.
    • Several observed instances cannot confirm a general principle
      • It points out that a single negative instance can falsify that theory.
        • For example: No matter how many positive sightings I make of cats with tails, I cannot be certain of the truth of the theory "all cats have tails
          • BUT just one sighting of a cat with no tail falsifies the theory.
    • Theories are scientific only if they are falsifiable.

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