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Re: Difference Between A Theory And A Hypothesis.

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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on January 25, 2001 19:06:43 UTC


I beg to differ with you on this one, but a theory is still a guess. A more educated and usually well thought out guess, but a guess none the less. The guess concerns the validity of the basis. You are correct that, if you accept the guess (the basis), what is deduced from those assumptions is true; however, the reverse is not a valid deduction. That is, the fact that the deductions from a "theory" fits the facts does not make the basis valid. If it did we would not need the word theory.


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