ERIC Number: EJ925130
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Publication Date: 2004-Apr
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Comments on the Epistemological Shoehorn Debate
Brush, Stephen G.
Science & Education, v13 n3 p197-200 Apr 2004
According to Allchin (2003), Lawson (2002) tried to shoehorn the history of science into a preconceived philosophical category, the hypothetico-deductive method (HD).Lawson replied (2003) that discovery is based on HD because that's the way the brain works, and accused Allchin of shoehorning science into another method, blind search and induction. In agreement with Allchin, who actually wrote that HD is one of several methods used by scientists, I argue that HD by itself cannot explain how new theories and discoveries are accepted in science. Historical research has shown that other factors are involved.
Descriptors: Brain, Epistemology, Science History, Scientists, Science Instruction, Science Education, Sciences
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