[Taxacom] Reproducibility of phylogenetic analysis

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Tue Jan 26 11:28:39 CST 2010


I think the fancy term is "abduction" nowadays, Don. Fitzhugh can
comment on such with familiarity.
R.

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It's worth noting that Karl Popper, while insisting that science
advances by the testing of hypotheses, steered clear of just how we
should arrive at those hypotheses. Indeed, I seem to recall that he
admitted intuition there. The most respectable these days seems to be
the process of "inference to the best explanation" - which, surely,
requires just the intuition of a highly trained, talented expert. 

Donald H. Colless
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[taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Curtis Clark
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On 2010-01-24 14:58, Richard Zander wrote:
> "     A third method of scientific analysis is intuition, long
> lambasted as illogical and subjective though often defended as "common
> sense."

In my estimation, science only progresses through intuition, and the
purpose of the scientific method is to provide post-hoc evaluation of
intuitive insights.

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