CRITICAL ANALYSIS GLOSSARY

Terms relating to ideas, concepts, and beliefs that are not conducive to public, predictable, probable, confirmable, testable, verifiable knowledge.

Whim Illusion Guess Hunch Blind faith Intuition Bias Prejudice Premonition Dogmatic Authority "Truth" by definition "True for me" Hallucination Preconception Uneducated opinion Dogma Unwarranted Assumption Belief Claim Opinion Experience.

Terms, methods, and concepts which characterize the language of critical analysis, the scientific Method, and testable, verifiable, and falsifiable claims.

Empirical Observation Phenomena Investigation examination Discrimination Simplicity Correspondence rules Confirmation Warranted Assertions  Abstraction Systematic Induction Scrutiny Criteria Similarity Commonality Standards Facts (data) Evidence Synthetic Uniformity Hypothetico-deductive If-----then Primitives Deduction Theories (require facts) Hypotheses Premises Inferences Constructs Tautology Mathematics Laws Rules Principles Formulas Equations Verification Mathematical Empirical Testable Predictable Provisional Public Logical Critical analysis Analytical attitude Self-correction Universal agreement of basic concepts and definitions.

SEE FILE 21: PERENNIAL QUESTIONS

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