Evaluating Scientific Paradigms And Predict The Credibility Of Medieval Science

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Evaluating Scientific Paradigms to Predict the Credibility of Medieval Science Abstract Science is the fundamental backbone to understanding how the world works. From the start of historic civilizations to modern era, science has evolved drastically and continues to change based off of pre-existing notions formulated by pre-existing notions to those. This cycle of taking ideas that have been previously established and creating new and falsifiable hypotheses revolve around scientific paradigms. These scientific paradigms provide accepted models that give scientists a starting point, per se, for further research and progression beyond that point. Scientists understand that everything they know now can later be proven false or altered to…show more content…
Using the scientific method helps prove previous ideas to be true by creating falsifiable hypotheses, and not being able to prove them false. Thusly, allowing scientists to accept the “Null Hypothesis”, which states that there is no correlation between your results and hypothesis. Furthermore, referring to the Null Hypothesis attempts to give experimental data meaning. If experimental results cannot prove something false, and correlates with the subject at hand, you would reject the “Null Hypothesis”. Methods We can test the fallacy of folk magic by executing the following experiment. We hypothesized that, because there are five total cards, each representing one different symbol, the participant will correctly guess five of the twenty-five cards, about twenty percent by chance. Below this number says the student has no psychic ability, above says otherwise . To test this hypothesis, we collected data from twenty-five different students and correlated the data to folk magic’s consistency. We had students draw twenty-five cards, one card at a time, and gave them the chance to correctly name each drawn card. Not only did we test the credibility of folk magic, but we conducted a similar experiment with respect to Astrology’s fallacy. We obtained data from a wide variety of students with different backgrounds and cultures, but analyzed one individuals results. The student obtained 8 journal entries that described a person’s
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