, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 119-124
Date: 15 May 2008

On the Hypothetico-Deductive Nature of Science—Darwin’s Finches

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Allchin (2006) has misinterpreted a classic case of hypothetico-deductive (HD) science in terms of his preferred let’s-gather-some-data-and-see-what-emerges’ view. The misrepresentation concerns the research program of Peter and Rosemary Grant on Darwin’s finches. The present essay argues that the Grants’ research is HD in nature and includes a statement by Peter Grant to that effect.