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The Scientific Method of Sir Karl Popper

  • Alan Ebringer
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Abstract

Sir Karl Popper was one of the most influential philosophers of science in the twentieth century and probably of all time. He proposed that a scientific theory could not be proved but could be disproved or falsified. He claimed that ‘It must be possible for a scientific system to be refuted by experience. A theory that is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific. Every “good” scientific theory is a prohibition: it forbids certain things to happen. The more a theory forbids, the better it is’ (Popper 1963).

Keywords

Scientific Theory Scientific Problem Logical Criticism Great Merit Hippocratic Oath 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Ebringer
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  1. 1.King’s College London Division of Life SciencesUCH School of MedicineLondonUK

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