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Which of the following may not qualify as a falsifiable claim?

Your luck will improve.
Your house will be sold tomorrow.
Granite is more dense than sand.
Smoking may cause heart disease

  • phi 103 -

    Granite is more dense than sand.

  • phi 103 -

    Exactly, how I answered the question. Would you say this is answered incorrectly in the text?

  • phi 103 -

    I'm sorry, I gave the answer, "Granite is more dense than sand." It was marked as incorrect, I feel this must be an error. Thank you once again!

  • phi 103 -

    How does your text define "falsifiable claim?"

  • phi 103 -

    A claim is also said to be falsifiable, in that it could turn out actually to be false, and we know how that might be shown. For instance, "There are no wild kangaroos in Georgia" is a falsifiable claim; if we went to Georgia and found some wild kangaroos, we would have shown it to be false. But what if someone claimed that there are unicorns in North Carolina, but that they are invisible? Could we ever show such a thing to be false? It would seem to be the kind of claim that cannot be shown to be false, and so is said to be unfalsifiable

  • phi 103 -

    Thanks. I agree that our answer about granite is the only nonfalsifiable claim.

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