Single Idea 22175

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

Full Idea

The goal of science is not solely to refute theories, but also to determine which theories are true (or probably true). When a scientist collects data …they are trying to show that their own theory is true.

Gist of Idea

Science mostly aims at confirming theories, rather than falsifying them


Samir Okasha (Philosophy of Science: Very Short Intro (2nd ed) [2016], 2)

Book Reference

Okasha,Samir: 'Philosophy of Science: very short intro (2nd ed)' [OUP 2016], p.19

A Reaction

This is the aim of 'accommodation' to a wide set of data, rather than prediction or refutation.