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On 10/30/06, John Conway <john.a.conway@gmail.com> wrote:
Roberto Takata wrote:

> Popper verisimilitude approach was heavily criticized and his formal
> definition for "truth content" was proved wrong by Miller and Tichý,
> both in 1974.

Of course, practically everything Popper did was heavily criticized, and
falsificaionism as he saw it has largely foundered. However, but my
point was not so much that Popper was right, just that the situation
regarding truth in science is not clear cut. Sometimes I think chucking
it out as the domain of religion is just a trick to avoid endless
circular debate with those who must not be mentioned on this list.

There is some misunderstanding here. I'm not writing about falsificationism, but about verisimilitude concept in Popper phylosophy of science. It was with the "truth content" concept that he try to save the idea of scientific endeavour progressionism - a hypothesis A, even if was falsified, could be demonstrated to have more "truth content" than a hypothesis B, and so we could talk about be more closer to the very truth even if we could not prove that any hypothesis is true.

Falsificationism without verisimilitude could not allow us to think
that we progressively (and asymptotically) approach to THE truth as we
refine our scientific work.


Roberto Takata