The two questions that determine your scientific literacy
Ethan Siegel

The enterprise of science is using the scientific method to expand our knowledge, with a specific necessary and sufficient falsifiable hypothesis statement:

1) a list of observations, which if observed, mean your hypothesis is false;

2) a logical argument that the lack of those falsifications means that your hypothesis must be favored over all others (including the null).

If you do not understand the importance and applicability of falsifiability (both necessary bits as well as those sufficient to exclude the null), then you truly don’t understand science.

A sad, and growing number of people who think they’re doing science aren’t.

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