Animal Diversity 7th Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0073524255
ISBN 13: 978-0-07352-425-2

Chapter 1 - Review Questions - Page 38: 1


Judge Overton states the following characteristics as Essential characteristics of science: 1. It is guided by natural law. 2. It must be explanatory by reference to natural law. 3. Its conjectures are testable against the empirical world. 4. Its conclusions are tentative and not necessarily the final word. 5. It is falsifiable

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These criteria form the basis for the scientific method, which is called hypothetico-deductive. Scientific hypotheses follow physical-chemical laws that govern the state of existence. Arguments based on supernatural or miraculous explanations, such as “creation science” or “intelligent design,” aren’t backed by such laws and therefore aren’t valid scientific hypotheses.
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