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Retroduct

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Retroduct rē-trō-dukt′ to draw back: to withdraw
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Usage


In science:

Peirce concerning “retroduction,” and its development and historical confirmation as “the inference which makes science,” by Ernan McMullin (1992), I argue that multiverse hypotheses are scientifically testable.
Retroduction, Multiverse Hypotheses and Their Testability
Ernan McMullin (1992) as “the inference which makes science.” Retroduction, according to McMullin, is the rational process by which scientific conclusions are most often and most fruitfully reached.
Retroduction, Multiverse Hypotheses and Their Testability
How does retroduction function? On the basis of what researchers know, they construct imaginative hypotheses, which are then used to probe and to describe the phenomena in deeper and more adequate ways than before.
Retroduction, Multiverse Hypotheses and Their Testability
The fundamental retroductive requirement is that the existence of the multiverse is a key component or consequence of hypotheses which are successful and fruitful in the long term.
Retroduction, Multiverse Hypotheses and Their Testability
Relying on these insights concerning retroduction, then, we could make a reasonable claim for the existence of a multiverse, if we could show that its existence was a more or less inevitable consequence of well-established physical laws and processes.
Retroduction, Multiverse Hypotheses and Their Testability
In conclusion, despite the rigor that it demands, the retroductive approach to scientific testability does open the way for scientific confirmation of the existence of a multiverse to which our universe belongs, and thus to a scientific resolution to the fine-tuning problem.
Retroduction, Multiverse Hypotheses and Their Testability
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