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True/False Quiz

  1. Other things being equal, the best theory is the one that fits best with our established beliefs.
      a. True
      b. False
  2. Our established beliefs can never be shown to be false.
      a. True
      b. False
  3. There is no strict formula or protocol for applying the criteria of adequacy.
      a. True
      b. False
  4. In inference to the best explanation, we reason from premises about a state of affairs to an explanation for that state of affairs.
      a. True
      b. False
  5. Inference to the best explanation is used only in science.
      a. True
      b. False
  6. The best theory is the eligible theory that meets the criteria of adequacy better than any of its competitors.
      a. True
      b. False
  7. Fruitful theories are not testable.
      a. True
      b. False
  8. If a theory predicts something other than what it was introduced to explain, it is testable.
      a. True
      b. False
  9. A theory that fits with our established beliefs is conservative.
      a. True
      b. False
  10. According to the text, the main reason for rejecting a theory like “cats can speak perfect English” is that it runs afoul of the criterion of testability.
      a. True
      b. False
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