Is a hypothesis a question?

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Mar 11, 2017

#"An hypothesis is a proposal............"#. An hypothesis certainly LEADS to further questions.


An hypothesis is a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of a LIMITED number of experiments. An hypothesis provides the basis for further experiments that tests the accuracy and utility of said hypothesis.

And thus an hypothesis is an educated guess made on a limited number of experiments. It is a starting point for investigation to see if the proposed explanation can be generalized to other phenomena, to other experiments. Karl Popper, a noted philosopher of science, has argued that the most important feature of a scientific hypothesis is its #"falsifiability."#

What does this mean? Well, the hypothesis might be right or it might be wrong. The hypothesis is scientific if it is testable: i.e. we may do an experiment whose results CONFIRM or DENY (i.e. falsify) the original hypothesis. Both results are useful scientifically. Denial means the hypothesis may be rejected. Confirmation means that we can continue to do experiments that test the hypothesis.