Hypothesis

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An '''hypothesis''' is a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.  In Philosophy, it's a proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.
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An '''hypothesis''' is a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.  In [[philosophy]], it is a proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.
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Many apologists use the term "theory" in place of "hypothesis". This equivocation leads to the "[[Evolution is only a theory]]" argument.
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==See Also==
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* [[Theory]]
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* [[Science]]
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Revision as of 08:43, 19 December 2009

An hypothesis is a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation. In philosophy, it is a proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.

Many apologists use the term "theory" in place of "hypothesis". This equivocation leads to the "Evolution is only a theory" argument.

See Also


v · d Science
v · d General science
Scientific method   Scientific theory · Hypothesis · Evidence · Examining claims · Skepticism
Scientific Disciplines   Physics · Biology · Chemistry · Psychology · Medical Science · Mathematics
History of science   Heliocentrism · Quantum mechanics
Champions of reason   Carl Sagan · James Randi
v · d Biology
Evolution   Natural selection
Abiogenesis   The Urey-Miller experiment
Evolutionary straw men   Life just exploded from nothing · So you think we came from monkeys · How did the first dog find a mate · Crocoducks · Banana argument · 747 Junkyard argument · Irreducible complexity · Chuck Missler's jar of peanut butter · What good is half a wing?
Notable Biologists   Charles Darwin · Richard Dawkins · PZ Myers
Notable quacks   William Dembski · Michael Behe · Geoffrey Simmons · Ken Ham · Michael Cremo
v · d Physics
Concepts   Cosmology · Big bang · Relativity theory · Black holes · Quantum mechanics
Physics straw men   Fine-tuning argument · Anthropic principle
Notable Physicists   Isaac Newton · Albert Einstein · Richard Feynman · Stephen Hawking
Notable Quacks   Dinesh D'Souza · Ray Comfort
v · d Mathematics
Statistics   Sample size · Selection bias · Data mining · Standard divination · Statistical significance · Statistical probability · Meta probability · Gambler's fallacy
Mathematics and religion   Biblical value of pi
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