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Karl Popper and Falsification
A Good Theory Predicts Something New: Einstein vs. Newton
James Randi and Project Alpha
Search the web for a site that promotes one of the following paranormal claims listed on page 109 in your text. Identify at least one claim that is not “falsifiable.” Explain why it is not falsifiable. In your posting, give the address for the website, describe their claim, and analyze how it is not falsifiable. Imagine you are talking with the advocate of your paranormal claim. You ask, “What would it take for you to abandon your paranormal belief?” If the advocate can’t answer, then they have an unfalsifiable, and therefore unscientific, claim.
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FALSIFIABILITY is a characteristic of a good, testable hypothesis. It allows for a hypothesis and/or theory to be challenged. In terms of science, we are looking to dis confirm, as where pseudoscience looks to confirm.
While looking for a non falsifiable claim, I came across this:
“Unlike other mysterious phenomena such as psychic powers, ghosts, or Bigfoot, there is no doubt that crop circles are real. The evidence that they exist is clear and overwhelming. The real question is what creates them. Crop circle enthusiasts have come up with many theories about what creates the patterns, ranging from the plausible to the absurd. Many who favor an extraterrestrial explanation claim that aliens physically make the patterns themselves from spaceships. Others suggest that they do it using invisible energy beams from space, saving them the trip down here.”
This claim is not falsifiable due to the author coming to a conclusion. Crop circles are real and there is evidence. This can’t be falsifiable is the author has made up their mind. Not only does the author use an AD HOC FALLACY with his conclusion, but the author also uses an AD HOMINEM FALLACY to degrade the truths or beliefs of other paranormal phenomena, such as ghosts, psychic powers, and Bigfoot.
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