Stage Thirteen - Evaluating Abductive Arguments
The four virtues
Consistency: theories that fit with what we currently believe are preferable to theories which do not.
Simplicity: theories that ask us to believe fewer new claims are preferable to those that ask us to believe more.
Testability: theories which can be tested are preferable to theories which cannot be.
Comprehensiveness: theories that explain more phenomena, and more new phenomena, are preferable to those that explain fewer.
In this video, I run through the simple example from the Stage 12 example video, and apply the four virtues of good theories to the proposed explanations.