Positivism vs Realism
James Francis Lyons-Weiler
weiler at ERS.UNR.EDU
Mon Dec 15 07:27:04 CST 1997
> If I hypothesized that aliens manipulated the species'
> occurences, now that's a bold ad-hoc hypothesis.
No James, it is oulandish, not bold. Popper uses the term boldness in
a precise manner to refer to hypotheses which have great generality,
great CONTENT, and thus great testability. They are bold because they
seek to explain A LOT. Your alien hypothesis has none of those
Baloney! If it were tested, and couldn't be falsified,
imagine the impact, the new information.
Ad-hocness is a "for the time being" characteristic
of a hypothesis - like corroboration.
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