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Karl Popper on the Scientific Method
Karl Popper [masked]) is a towering figure in the philosophy of science. He made significant contributions to debates concerning scientific methodology and theory choice, the demarcation of science from pseudo-science, the nature of probability and quantum mechanics, and the methodology of the social sciences. His work is notable for its wide influence both within philosophy and among practicing scientists themselves. Popper is famous for his uncompromising rejection of the traditional inductivist view of the scientific method in favour of empirical falsificationism. A scientific theory can never be proven, but it can be falsified, meaning that it can and must be scrutinized by decisive experiments. Popper's general epistemology, critical rationalism, commends the Socratic method of posing questions and critically discussing the answers offered. He considers knowledge in the traditional sense of certainty to be unobtainable. In political philosophy, Popper is known for his vigorous defence of liberal democracy and the principles of social criticism that he came to believe made a flourishing open society possible. His political philosophy embraces and attempts to reconcile ideas from all the major democratic ideologies. Since we have no infallible way of getting or maintaining good government, a prudently constructed open society constructs institutions to ensure that any regime can be ousted without violence, no matter what higher ends it proclaims itself to be seeking. *** This meetup is dedicated to discussing two of Karl Popper's essays on how science actually works: — "The Aim of Science" (1957) — "The Problem of Demarcation" (1974) A volume containing the pieces can be viewed and downloaded HERE - https://www.box.com/s/tgqzgwlkw4qc7l7glnibchza8l0b1gjn (The readings are Chapters 8 and 12 in the volume.) Or purchase a hard copy here - https://www.amazon.ca/Popper-Selections-Karl-R/dp/0691020310 Please read as much of the essays as possible in advance of our discussion — about 20 pages in total. *** (See the following for more background information on Karl Popper: - https://www.iep.utm.edu/pop-sci/ and - http://rep.tandf.test.semantico.net/article/DD052 )

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Other philosophy groups to check out in the Toronto area:
1. Beer and Philosophy Night - https://www.meetup.com/Beer-and-Philosophy-Night/
2. Philosciety - https://www.meetup.com/Philosciety/
3. The Centre for Human Success - https://www.meetup.com/The-Centre-for-Human-Success-Toronto-Meetup/
4. Meaningful Discussions - https://www.meetup.com/meaningfuldiscussions-toronto/

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