[ExI] Alcock on Bem in Skeptical Inquirer.
thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Dec 7 18:07:03 UTC 2010
On 12/7/2010 10:48 AM, John Clark wrote:
>> Well, confirming doesn't work either, as Popper showed.
> Popper did some good stuff but I'm much less a fan than I once was.
I'm surprised that you'd kvetch about this particular point.
"Confirming" doesn't settle anything, because often a number of
explanations lead to the same prediction or expectation. That's why it
is helpful to try to falsify each one in a test that leaves one or more
of the alternatives standing. In fact, I would expect you to be arguing
that proponents of psi are guilty of the confirmation error, since (you
might claim) they assume that the statistical and other errors they
stupidly make confirm psi rather than their incompetence as
experimenters. Of course you'd then have to show what those errors are,
which is difficult when you refuse to waste your time reading the
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