The Logic of Scientific Discovery Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 is Feigl's reasoning to the motion of simplicity?

2. What increases with the increase of the degrees of falsifiability?

3. What principle does science presuppose?

4. What does Popper call his probability theory?

5. What relationships does Popper explore in chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two main sources for hypothetical estimates of frequencies with regard to infinite empirical sequences?

2. How does falsifiability relate to the dimensions of a statement under investigation?

3. Why does Popper feel the view of Wittgenstein, Schlick, and Feigl regarding simplicity misses crucial points?

4. Using Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, what does Popper attempt to prove?

5. Why do falsifiable statements hold the greatest promise for science?

6. Why does Popper dismiss cardinality in terms of giving meaning to a class of events?

7. What does Popper suggest about corroborations?

8. How is the physical basis for the uncertainty theory undermined?

9. According to Popper, where does the value of simplicity lay?

10. How is logical probability represented?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Popper suggests that simplicity is used in many senses. Discuss these senses and provide support from the reading. What sense of simplicity does Popper feel is appropriate in science? Do you agree with Popper? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

In an essay, discuss why theories that suggest causality can only be deductive. Provide reasoning and examples for your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Popper denotes a difference between "true" and "corroborated". Discuss this difference. How are these two terms used in science? Can something be one but not the other? Provide support from your answer.

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