Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

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  • Birth

    Born in Vienna, son of a lawyer who instilled in him the interest of social and political issues and mother who gave him his passion for music, also described as “decidedly bookish”.
  • Logic of Scientific Discovery

    Logic of Scientific Discovery
    This was the work by Popper that started what he is most known for which is falsifiability. Stating that no matter how many times you experiment and test you’ll never be able to prove a theory true, but you will eventually be able to refute it or prove it false. Falsifiability is the foundation of how we attempt to pursue higher knowledge in todays day and age because we know that if we attempt to disprove a theory and are unable to we know that we are at least somewhat close to what is true.
  • Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

    Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge
    Popper attempted to bring a lot of his different beliefs and theories into one paper. Falsifiability, induction, demarcation, metaphysics, etc. No matter the topic of interest of study he a had one solid foundation that no body in any expertise should accept any theory as true but to attempt to disprove it to only expand on current knowledge while also laying out the basic guidelines for what makes discoveries and theories scientific while denouncing things that are not considered science.
  • The Two Fundamental Problems of the Theory of Knowledge

    The Two Fundamental Problems of the Theory of Knowledge
    Induction (making a general conclusion based on prior experience) and demarcation (science vs non science). Using his theory of falsifiability Popper differs pseudoscience and the flaws of using induction for scientific discovery. Stating that induction is a myth and can be summed up simply as asking the wrong questions and the defining line between determining science and non science is its falsifiability. Being able to prove something false is the only way to prove if it is correct.
  • Realism and the Aim of Science

    Realism and the Aim of Science
    Popper faced a bit of criticisms and backlash for his belief and theories which he took very seriously on falsifiability, demarcation and the general pursuit of scientific knowledge. Further expanding on his non justificationist theory of knowledge. Explaining that theories can never be true and even if they are they must continued to be test because new information can always arise.
  • Death

    Karl Popper passed away due to kidney failure, cancer, and pneumonia.