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A principle on which the advance of science is based, that relies on the process of finding evidence that a scientific finding, belief, or theory is false. It is elucidated in the writings of the Austrian (later British) philosopher Karl Popper (1902–1994). The process of refutation is an important way in which science advances, when previously accepted “truths” are shown by observation, experiment, and logical analysis to be untrue.


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