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Inference to the best explanation (IBE) is an alternative method to evaluating the explanatory worth of theories. Psychologists traditionally have evaluated theories employing the Hypothetico-deductive model but as Jansen (2004)[1] points out in other areas of science practitioners as eminent as Darwin and Einstein have employed IBE to supplement their arguments.

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  1. Jensen, M. (2003) COI stories. Explanation and evidence in the history of science. Perspectives on Science, 10, 457-522.

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Haig, B. (2009). Evaluating explanatory theories (2009) Psychologist,22, 11, 948-950
  • Harman, Gilbert (1965). "The Inference to the Best Explanation," The Philosophical Review 74:1, 88-95.
  • Lipton, P (2004) Inference to the best explanation. (2nd Ed). London. Routledge.

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