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[catalogued under 14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 6. Falsification]

Full Idea

Logic and observation alone do not force a scientist to reject a scientific claim if experimental observations so not turn out as expected. The scientist must reject something of the initial set of claims, but that is a matter of choice.

Gist of Idea

Observation can force rejection of some part of the initial set of claims


report of Pierre Duhem (The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory [1906]) by Stephen Boulter - Why Medieval Philosophy Matters 2

Book Reference

Boulter,Stephen: 'Why Medieval Philosophy Matters' [Bloomsbury 2019], p.53

A Reaction

This is a key point against any simplified Popperian notion of falsification. Tiny observations can't kill huge well supported theories.