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 G - Guessing

Guessing: Imagining theories to explain facts one does not know an explanation for.

This is how all human knowledge starts: By some guess that subsequently is confirmed by induction, perhaps with some corrections, and remains not refuted, and in the end may be used to produce technology.

Here is a relevant quotation, from Chamfort: Ce que j'ai appris je ne le sais plus; le peu que je sais encore, je l'ai deviné (= What I learned I no longer know; the little I still know, I guessed). Most supposed human knowledge consists of guesses that are more or less well-confirmed.

See also: Abduction.

See also: Abduction, Creativiteit, Imagination, Inference, Scientific knowledge



 Original: Sep 24, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top