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The Paradox of Predictivism Hardcover – April 7, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0521879620 ISBN-10: 0521879620 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521879620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521879620
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,482,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The consequences of Barnes's account of predictivism for the realist/anti-realist debate are considerable, and strengthen the status of the 'no miracle' argument for scientific realism. His important and original contribution to the debate will interest a wide range of readers in philosophy of science.

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Eric Christian Barnes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Methodist University.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roux Saucier on August 18, 2010
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Excellent discussion of the topic. Prediction is essential for science. An unpredicted result can be interpreted to fit any theory. Accurate prediction supports a particular theory. The paradox appears to be the ability to predict based on limited knowledge, as with Mendeleev predicting missing elements with little or no understanding of protons. The author supposes additional credibility from prediction rather than results interpreted to fit a theory. A modern application might be the theory of evolution that predicts both the natural rise of life from non-life and the natural rise of complexity from simple life. Astrophysical evolution also predicts the formation of galaxies and solar systems from a "big bang." What is predicted and what is observed? This is the essence of the scientific method.
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