POPPER AND THE PELVIS: AN ESSAY ON CONJECTURES AND REFUTATIONS

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  In the last issue of this magazine, it was pointed out by Todd Kliendienst (Organiser of the Karl Popper Philosophy Meetup Group, Brisbane), in a letter to the editor; that, while he enjoyed what I had written about Karl Popper, he felt obliged to point out that I was in error on a point of detail. I wrote, towards the end of the essay on Popper: Popper did not venture into the arena of biology, but a similar story holds in that regard, of course. The bold conjecture by Charles Darwin that natural selection had driven a process of…

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KARL POPPER AND THE PRE-SOCRATICS

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  If I was asked to teach an undergraduate course on Rationality 101, I would begin by introducing the students to the work of Karl Popper; especially Conjectures and Refutations, Objective Knowledge and The Open Society and Its Enemies. Indeed, a good case could be made for having such a course consist entirely of acquainting undergraduates with the arguments in these three books and inducing them to think hard about them. Between them they cover principles vital to both natural and social science. When I took first year philosophy, almost forty years ago, no such course was on offer. I…

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