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Re: Disparaging Popper



<<But whoever posted this is correct,it doesn't do a very good job of 
explaining truth criteria in sciences which do not proceed by experiment 
(such as dino
science).  >>

Experimental science is primarily inductive.  Roughly speaking, it reasons 
from the particular to the general.  It looks at causation and tries to 
predict its effects.  This is tested by experiment.

Paleontology is primarily deductive.  It reasons back from the general to the 
particular.  It analyzes effects and then reasons back to causes.  It is 
tested by analyzing more data and rarely by true experiments.

The methodologies are different, but the limitations are similar.  In both 
cases one can only have confidence about scientific theories within certain 
limits of probability.

Art Sippo MD