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Author Topic:   The Nature of Scepticism
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Message 83 of 271 (691500)
02-22-2013 4:44 PM
Reply to: Message 10 by Straggler
02-16-2013 1:17 PM

Re: The Fray
Is skepticism the approach taken by science?

In practice, I would say yes. The first and most important skeptic is the scientist proposing the theory. The research that they have done to support their conclusion is a methodical application of skepticism. The null hypothesis is a distillation of skepticism. One way of constructing the null hypothesis is to think of the criticisms that a skeptic would use against your experiments, such as the oft cited placebo effect seen in drug trials.

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