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Short Answer Questions

  1. What is the difference between science and technology?

  2. Why can’t science be considered an ideology?

  3. What is scientism?

  4. Why is science such a reliable way of acquiring knowledge?

  5. What are the five steps involved in the scientific method?

  6. How do scientists construct hypotheses to test?

  7. What is a test implication?

  8. What are the two conditional arguments used as models for scientific testing?

  9. Why can’t scientific hypotheses be conclusively confuted?

  10. What does double-blind mean? Why are double-blind methods used in scientific testing?

  11. Why is replication of a scientific study important?

  12. What are the five criteria of adequacy?

  13. What is the TEST formula and how is it used to evaluate theories?

  14. Can the TEST formula be used to evaluate extraordinary theories?

  15. What is the error referred to as “leaping to the weirdest theory”? Why is this line of thinking fallacious?

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