Lakatos on Science and Pseudoscience
|June 13, 2005||Posted by William Dembski under Science|
“To sum up: [The hallmark of empirical progress is not trivial verifications: Popper is right that there are millions of them. It is no success for Newtonian theory that stones, when dropped, fall towards the earth, no matter how often this is repeated. But, ] so-called ‘refutations’ are not the hallmark of empirical failure, as Popper has preached, since all programmes grow in a permanent ocean of anomalies. What really counts are dramatic, unexpected, stunning predictions: a few of them are enough to tilt the balance; where theory lags behind the facts, we are dealing with miserable degenerating research programmes.”
Evolutionists read this against ID. ID proponents read this against evolution. Time will tell who is right. For the MP3 version as well as the transcript of Lakatos’s talk, go here.