Popper's Justification of Induction

Science does not rely on induction. Rather, science deduces possible observations from conjectured hypotheses, and rejects the hypotheses if these possible observations are contradicted by experience. Since "All A are B" is deductively falsified by any A that is not B, the problem of induction does not arise.


Popper 1971 is the most succinct presentation of this, and has the most marvellously arrogant opening of any philosophical paper I have ever read. Do not imitate this in your essays!


We never have any reason to believe any of our conjectures: all we know is that we don't yet know them to be false.