Discussion: Scientific Theories

Consider the following prompts. Share your thoughts on the discussion forum by clicking on the link above and creating a free account, if you have not already done so. Review and respond to at least one or two other students’ posts.  

  1. Given what you know about criteria for theory choice in science, such as predictive power, mechanism, fruitfulness, simplicity, and coherence, is there anything other than evidence that scientists use in determining whether to accept a theory? Should there be? 
  2. Are simpler theories more likely to be true? Is Ockham’s Razor always a good rule of scientific reasoning?