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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What types of statements have no logical justification in which to draw conclusions?

2. What are the boundaries of conditions?

3. What comprises empirical science?

4. What must be identical to basic statements?

5. What does Popper say about positivism?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the falsification of a statement?

2. What are the two conditions that must be met for a statement to be falsifiable?

3. How is causality related to tautological arguments?

4. How is a naturalistic view constraining to scientific thought?

5. How does Popper define a scientist?

6. What is Fries' trilemma?

7. What are three characteristics of theories?

8. Why does Popper state that observability is not psychological?

9. How does metaphysics factor into the scientific process?

10. What is the benefit of singular statements?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In one experiment designed to somewhat mimic studies by Compton-Simon and Bothe-Geiger, Popper suggests the use of an "imaginary selection." What is the purpose of this selection?

Essay Topic 2

Popper discusses the relationship between corroborability and testability. Discuss this relationship. Is this relationship positive or negative? Must is be one or the other in order for science to be successful? Provide support for your answer using examples and evidence from the readings.

Essay Topic 3

Popper feels no conclusive disproof of a theory can be obtained. Do you agree? Explain your answer based on the readings.

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