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Inventing with hypotheses
Inventing with hypotheses
Inventing with hypotheses
Inventing with hypotheses
Inventing with hypotheses
Inventing with hypotheses
Inventing with hypotheses
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Inventing with hypotheses
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  • 1. Inventing with hypotheses writ 1133
  • 2. Imagine that the computer had never been invented. How would higher education be better off, worse off, or otherwise different? Inventing with hypotheses writ 1133 hypotheses
  • 3. Imagine that the computer had never been invented. How would higher education be better off, worse off, or otherwise different? Why do you believe that? . . . Inventing with hypotheses writ 1133 hypotheses
  • 4. Imagine that the computer had never been invented. How would higher education be better off, worse off, or otherwise different? Why do you believe that? How could you prove this? Inventing with hypotheses writ 1133 hypotheses
  • 5. Inventing with hypotheses writ 1133 hypotheses Rene Descartes
  • 6.
    • A hypothesis is an empirically falsifiable explanation of observable phenomena.
    • For example:
      • WRIT students will go on to achieve academic success, because they are very bright and very hardworking.
      • WRIT students will go on to achieve academic success, because I am the greatest teacher who ever lived.
    Inventing with hypotheses writ 1133 hypothesis
  • 7. A hypothesis is an argument: It is made up of (at least) two assertions: a debatable claim + a reason or reasons for believing the claim. Inventing with hypotheses writ 1133 hypothesis claim WRIT students will go on to achieve academic success a reason Because they are very bright and very hardworking
  • 8. A hypothesis is an argument: It is made up of (at least) two assertions: a debatable claim + a reason or reasons for believing the claim. Inventing with hypotheses writ 1133 hypotheses claim WRIT students will go on to achieve academic success a different reason Because I am the greatest teacher who ever lived
  • 9.
    • To say that a hypothesis is “falsifiable” means it can be shown to be false.
    • These statements are falsifiable:
      • The sun will rise again tomorrow, because it (the sun) revolves from east to west around the earth.
      • The sun will rise again tomorrow, because the earth, which revolves around the sun, makes a complete easterly rotation on its axis once every 24 hours.
    Inventing with hypotheses writ 1133 falsifiability
  • 10.
    • To say that a hypothesis is “falsifiable” means it can be shown to be false.
    • However, this statement is not falsifiable:
      • The sun will rise again tomorrow, because Mother Nature wills it.
    Inventing with hypotheses writ 1133 falsifiability

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