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  • n. induction (inductive reasoning)


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  • Predictions from competing theories are far more useful than inductivism, because if the theoretical predictions differ then one theory or another will be disproved.

    New Scientist, Juckes and Rob Wilson « Climate Audit

  • Notturno concludes: This is why institutionalism and inductivism are more closely related than one might think.

    Bill Gray and the Atlantic Meridional Mode « Climate Audit

  • Third, according to Popper, not only is naïve inductivism unsound, it rewards and idneed thrives on confirmation bias.

    Bill Gray and the Atlantic Meridional Mode « Climate Audit

  • Unfortunately, committed and trained inductivists like Gray and Hollander do not realize that derapage, or sliding away, tends to result from naïve inductivism.

    Bill Gray and the Atlantic Meridional Mode « Climate Audit

  • #12 – Empiricism is mere inductivism in another guise.

    Interview with Fred Michel on Arctic Ice Shelves « Climate Audit

  • In particular he adopted their atomism, law-orientedness and inductivism, and the interest in history of the former.

    The Unity of Science

  • What Duhem thinks is wrong with inductivism is that it cannot be used by all sciences.

    Pierre Duhem

  • It is true that he started out, from his undergraduate days, with the project of reforming the inductive philosophy of Bacon; indeed this early inductivism led him to the view that learning about scientific method must be inductive (i.e., that it requires the study of the history of science).

    William Whewell

  • His inductivism does share numerous features with Bacon's method of interpreting nature: for instance the claims that induction must involve more than merely simple enumeration of instances, that science must be proceed by successive steps of generalization, that inductive science can reach unobservables (for Bacon, the “forms,” for Whewell, unobservable entities such as light waves or properties such as elliptical orbits or gravitational forces).

    William Whewell

  • It is an inductive method; yet it clearly differs from the more narrow inductivism of Mill.

    William Whewell


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