Essay about Is Falsifiability A Necessary Tool?

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In the course of achieving scientific understanding, it becomes necessary to distinguish between what can be proved and what cannot. Falsifiability is a necessary tool in making that distinction between what can be verified and what cannot, while also providing a criterion between pseudoscience and science. Though it’s not perfect, it’s a solution that works for the time being in creating scientific discoveries and refuting incorrect information.
In the beginning of human discovery, there is as Plato writes, “[A man] compelled to look straight at the light,” and after receiving pain from the sun he will turn away to what he can see, which results in him making a choice between the new reality and the former (Plato, 215). Fundamentally, this is the choice of distinguishing between one’s reality and the alternative new information. Familiar information, for the cave dwellers, is more important to them than the man who comes back with a new way of looking at the world. In fact, after the man comes back and attempts to tell others about the light, Plato writes that “…if any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch the offender, and they would put him to death” (Plato, 217). The moral of the cave allegory is that people will steer themselves towards confirmation biases and familiar information, and when confronted with alternative information may respond violently. While scientists don’t attempt to murder each other over different…

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