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A Cognitive Theory of Religion [and Comments and Reply]
I use an old observation (that religion is anthropomorphistic) to solve a problem almost as old (why do people have religious beliefs?) by arguing that religion is a special case of the more generalExpand
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Methodological Individualism and Institutional Individualism
My aim in the present essay is to argue that individualism need not be psychologistic, and to defend institutionalistic individualism, which I consider to be Popper’s great contribution to theExpand
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Towards an historiography of science
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Reproducibility and replicability of rodent phenotyping in preclinical studies
The scientific community is increasingly concerned with the proportion of published “discoveries” that are not replicated in subsequent studies. The field of rodent behavioral phenotyping was one ofExpand
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Between Science and Technology
  • J. Agassi
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 1 March 1980
Basic research or fundamental research is distinct from both pure and applied research, in that it is pure research with expected useful results. The existence of basic or fundamental research isExpand
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The problem of the rationality of magic.
As a beginning we want to distinguish rational action from rational belief. An action is rational, by and large, if it is goal-directed;1 a belief is rational if it satisfies some standard orExpand
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The Nature of Scientific Problems and their Roots in Metaphysics
According to Popper’s philosophy the perfect division of labor in research would soon stop scientific progress. His view explains why in the history of science many investigators have concentrated onExpand
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