Monday, January 17, 2011

Provisional Truth Flowchart


Gemfinder said...

Where do you put "falsifiable?" Is it presumed to be part of the definition of a valid hypothesis?

Eric Rollins said...

Redrawn to include 3 outcomes: "provisionally true", "provisionally false", and "not provisionally true or false".

Yes, part of a valid hypothesis is a description of the data that would falsify it. For a non-falsifiable hypothesis data (now or later) would not matter.

Note the category "not provisionally true or false" includes true statements. The debate is over whether these are all tautologies.