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TaintedHow Philosophy of Science Can Expose Bad Science$
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199396412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.001.0001

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Releasing Radioactivity

Releasing Radioactivity

Hypothesis-Prediction in Hydrogeology

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(p.111) Chapter 9 Releasing Radioactivity
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Tainted
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.003.0009

The chapter outlines the dominant or hypothesis-deduction account of scientific method—formulating hypotheses, then testing them predictively. It shows that because real-world phenomena virtually never fit this method’s strict requirements, scientists typically simplify the method in ways that can cause devastating errors. In particular, using this method in highly idealized situations, as at the Maxey Flats dump site, where measurement is impossible, can lead to great harm.

Keywords:   hydrogeology, hypothesis-deduction, idealized, Maxey Flats, measurement, radioactivity, testing

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