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14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 5. Anomalies

[observations which contradict current theories]

6 ideas
If the apparent facts strongly conflict with probability, it is in everyone's interests to suppress the facts [Plato]
Inductive generalisation is more reliable than one of its instances; they can't all be wrong [Mill]
We can save laws from counter-instances by treating the latter as analytic definitions [Harré]
All theories contain anomalies, and so are falsified! [Newton-Smith]
Anomalies are judged against rival theories, and support for the current theory [Newton-Smith]
The anomaly of Uranus didn't destroy Newton's mechanics - it led to Neptune's discovery [Newton-Smith]