# Discussion on Poppers and Sober's View of Simplicity

**Topics:**Scientific method, Falsifiability, Philosophy of science

**Pages:**2 (748 words)

**Published:**August 2, 2011

In terms of the merits of Popper's theory, in a perfect Popperian world this theory of simplicity would make life for scientists quite easy - as it is a part of his theory of falsification. Further more his description and application of simplicity makes a great deal of sense, in terms of relation to parts of falsification which are part of the modern scientific process, as complicated and convoluted are usually quite difficult to debunk (falsify). However, take this illustration of a mathematical equation representing a scientific theory, adapted from Post (1969); we have theory a), which represents a linear relationship: y = 1.5 - 2x; whilst according to theory b) y = 1.5 - 2x + 0.3x2. Now according to Poppers falsifiability criteria of determining simplicity; the two theories of are equally as simple (since each can only be falsified by one occurrence). This leads to an automatic counter-intuitive result, which leaves the theory high and dry, as they are clearly not at the same level of simplicity.

Sober's view on simplicity goes...

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