[OPE-L:4169] falsifiability

From: Michael Perelman (michael@ECST.CSUCHICO.EDU)
Date: Thu Oct 19 2000 - 17:04:29 EDT

The Duhem-Quine problem says that a theory cannot be rejected because a
predicted outcome did not occur, since many auxiliary
assumptions are required for the theory to be true.  Recall during the
Reagan era that when promised results did not occur, the
responsible authorities could claim that to be really effective we also
needed the gold standard.

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

Tel. 530-898-5321
E-Mail michael@ecst.csuchico.edu

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