POL208Y1 Lecture Notes - Falsifiability, Gas Laws, Meddle

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If you want a model that is useful, you need to leave some things out. You cant have a map that is 1:1, it would be impractical. It is the same in the art of making models. Every model therefore includes implicit fundamental assumptions on what matters most. There is always more than one way to cut the cake, there are always going to be competing explanations (using a geological map vs. a population density map) A population density matches a frog population map. But they are only useful with we can falsify them. We use this term because we feel that it explains something (cold war and why it mattered). But there is a lot of theorizing that goes into the idea. It assumes the presence of a system, and goes on from there. Theories need to be falsi able to be useful -> empirical evidence. Modify theory and start again (avoid ad hoc assumptions)

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