To Explain or to Predict: Which One is Mandatory?
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Recently, Luk mentioned that scientific knowledge both explains and predicts. Do these two functions of scientific knowledge have equal significance, or is one of the two functions more important than the other? This commentary explains why prediction may be mandatory but explanation (based intuitively on our everyday experience) may be only desirable and optional.
KeywordsPhilosophy of science Scientific knowledge Explanation Prediction
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