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Panel: The Demarcation Problem – What is Science, and What Isn’t Science?

The demarcation problem in the philosophy of science is about how to distinguish between science and nonscience, including between science, pseudoscience, other activities, and beliefs. The debate continues after over a century of dialogue among philosophers of science and scientists in various fields, and despite broad agreement on the basics of scientific method.

For Popper, the distinguishing characteristic of science is that it seeks to falsify, not to confirm, its hypotheses.  Do you agree with Popper?

Will the specter of metaphysics continue to haunt the hunter on the quest for a sound a demarcation criterion?

Can we distinguish, ina principled way,between sciences and pseudosciences?

 

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