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Falsification

Definition

One cannot prove whether a theory or hypothesis is true. One can only prove that it is false, a process called falsification. Falsification is a tool that distinguishes scientific social psychology from folk social psychology, which does not use the process of falsification.

History and Theory

From the beginning of the 20th century, various philosophers and scientists tried to define the best way to do science, mostly dealing with such questions as “How can you move from observations to laws?” or “How can you choose a universal theory from any number of possible theories?” Here, the philosopher Karl Popper provided the idea that no real-world theory can be considered scientific if it does not admit the possibility of a contrary case. This means that it has to ...

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