Monthly Archives: October 2012

Short rejoinder to standard crits of CR and Popperism

STANDARD CRITICISMS and ERRORS 1. The falsifiability criterion is about meaning. 2. “Falsification cannot be decisive”. 3. Failure to draw the distinction between falsifiability (a matter of logic and the form of     statements) and falsification (a practical matter). 4. “Scientists don’t practice falsification”. 5. “Falsificationism … Continue reading

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Progress with the study of Popper scholarship

Work is proceeding to document some of the extent of defective Popper sholarship. The outline can be found on this page that I have set up to avoid putting up monster posts on this site. The idea is to produce … Continue reading

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More Popperian mafia, Ian Jarvie and Alan Musgrave

Ian Jarvie studied anthropology at the London School of  Economics, drifted into Popper’s orbit and became a research assistant. He has done good work in partnership with Joe Agassi and he is one of the Popperian quiet achievers like Peter Munz, producing a steady … Continue reading

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The CR mafia

Alert observers may have noticed occasional references to the Austrian tourist-turned-Brit Karl Popper in my scribbling over the years, starting around 1972 when the story broke about Popper’s encounter with Bazza Mackenzie. That story never made the mainstream media. Like … Continue reading

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Here it goes again, simple Popper evolving into Kuhn et al

The Guardian online has been running articles written by Liz Williams on Karl Popper. I added comments to these including the latest which is titled “Karl Popper, the enemy of certainty, part 4: Lakatos, Kuhn and Feyerabend This diverse trio … Continue reading

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Another amazon review

Barry Gower on Scientific Method. The question that has to be asked about recent books on the philosophy of science is: Does this book explain the four “turns” that Karl Popper introduced? These are (1) the conjectural turn, to explain … Continue reading

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