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Hacking, Ian
 
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Coincidence I 335
Def Argument of Cosmic Coincidence/Hacking: it would be a coincidence if a theory were wrong, and yet the forecasted phenomena would be correct.
 Then we draw the "conclusion to the best explanation", according to which the theory was true. The postulated entities must be the common cause in all cases.
HackingVs: our argumentation is much more specific.
I 336
 1) Instead of platelets, we speak of "dense bodies" - they are also dense without coloring!
 2) We are not dealing with explanations here. We see the same constellation of points, regardless of whether we use an optical or an electron microscope.
      It is not an explanation to say that something you have not yet identified is responsible for a phenomenon.
 3) Do we not have a comprehensive theory for the whole domain
Coincidence/Hacking: my own coincidence argument merely states that it would be a coincidence if two completely different types of physical systems (microscopes) showed exactly the same constellations of dots.

Hack I
I. Hacking
Einführung in die Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften Stuttgart 1996


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