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    Why is there a difference between verifying and falsifing something in the natural sciences?

    More of a philosophical question, I know, but please help me anyways. I'm trying to help my stepdad who' s recently gone back to school.

    Thank you!
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    I think that verifying means showing that something is true whereas falsifying means showing that something is false.
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    (Original post by Linda)
    Why is there a difference between verifying and falsifing something in the natural sciences?
    In the natural sciences it is never possible to prove a theory absolutely true (because it woul involve testing everything!), verifying a theory is creating a large mass of evidence that supports that theory. Falsifying a theory is much simpler - it only takes one case that does not follow the theoretical predictions to falsify the theory.

    That's why it's so tough for us scientists!
 
 
 

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