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

Full Idea

Popper's theory implies that more informative theories seem to be less probable.

Gist of Idea

If a theory is more informative it is less probable


Geoffrey Gorham (Philosophy of Science [2009], 3)

Book Reference

Gorham,Geoffrey: 'Philosophy of Science' [One World 2009], p.75

A Reaction

[On p.75 Gorham replies to this objection] The point is that to be more testable they must be more detailed. He's not wrong. Theories are meant to be general, so they sweep up the details. But they need precise generalities and specifics.