Karl Popper

This is a white swan....

All swans are white....

Until you get to Australia....

The first link is to a radio discussion on Karl Popper's ideas about science, pre-science, pseudo-science and how you can tell them apart. It has a clear outline of Popper's concept of falsification and why it's important in identifying a scientific theory from a pseudo-scientific theory. One of the contributors suggests that psychoanalysis could be considered to be pre-scientific and not pseudo-scientific. Something to think about.

The second link is to a more wide ranging discussion of Karl Popper's ideas from the BBC. Some interesting historical and social background including Popper's work as a young man in Vienna as a research assistant for the psychoanalyst Adler.

Philosophy talk: Karl Popper

BBC Radio 4: Karl Popper

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