PETER HILL'S MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY IDEAS

Peter Hill

The Albury Wodonga Superfiction 1993

Collaboration Peter Hill and J.J. Voss (Photographer)

S U P E R F I C T I O N S


Falsificationism

A way of testing hypotheses which comes to us from the philosophy of science and can be attributed to Sir Karl Popper. He has extended its usage to include sophisticated methodological falsificationism and he also denies the existence of what others have called naive falsificationism. In his famous dictum he states that it is possible to record any number of sightings of white swans yet never be able to say that "all swans are white". However, if one then has a single sighting of a black swan one is able to make the statement that "not all swans are white." One is thus able to approach the truth without ever positively arriving (to our knowledge). See Popper, Sir Karl.



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