Tag Archives: Falsifiability

Massimo Pigliucci on the boundary between science and pseudoscience

In this video, Massimo Pigliucci, the philosopher and biologist who runs the Scientia Salon site, discusses the demarcation problem, the dividing line between what is and is not science.  The distinction is easy for things like astrology and astronomy, but … Continue reading

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Searching for empirical anomalies

Ars Technica has an article about the most accurate measurement yet of the mass of the electron.  It was an interesting article, particularly in describing how the scientists went about making the measurement. But I was struck by something said … Continue reading

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Falsifiability is useful, but a matter of judgment

Our discussions last week on Jim Baggott’s book, ‘Farewell to Reality’, and Sean Carroll’s Edge response, left me pondering falsifiability, the idea that theories should be falsifiable in order to be considered science. Falsifiability is a criteria identified by the … Continue reading

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The End of the World: Science or Religion? | Seth Shostak

Harold Camping died last month. In case you don’t remember, Camping, the president of evangelical Family Radio, predicted that the world would end in 2011. Twice. He made these prognostications on the basis of numerology, which sounds like it might … Continue reading

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Time to ditch falsifiability?

Related to my last two posts, and our discussion, Sean Carroll turned in an answer to the “What Scientific Ideas Are Ready for Retirement?”  His answer?  Falsifiability. Modern physics stretches into realms far removed from everyday experience, and sometimes the … Continue reading

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