In the past, a scientist began with a surmise or hunch and began gathering data to prove or disprove it.
21, which he would be glad to disprove as at least exaggerated (ib.
The old theory that referred this approval entirely to self-love, is, he holds, easy to disprove by " crucial experiments " on the play of our moral sentiments; rejecting this, he finds the required explanation in the sympathetic pleasure that attends our perception of the conduciveness of virtue to the interests of human beings other than ourselves.
They spent their energy in attacking Plato and Aristotle, and hence earned the opprobrious epithet of Eristic. They used their dialectic subtlety to disprove the possibility of motion and decay; unity is the negation of change, increase and decrease, birth and death.
The sculptor Pheidias was prosecuted on two vexatious charges (probably in 433), and before he could disprove the second he died under arrest.
For the paradox of predication, which he had used to disprove the existence of plurality, was virtually a denial of all speech and all thought, and thus led to a more comprehensive scepticism than that which sprang from the contemporary theories of sensation.
His student life was, however, broken by the pope's command to preach to the English in Rome; and a course of his lectures, On the Connexion between Science and Revealed Religion, deservedly attracted much attention, his general thesis being that whereas scientific teaching has repeatedly been thought to disprove Christian doctrine, further investigation has shown that a reconstruction is possible.
De Reiset (La Comtesse de Balbi, pp. 152-161) produces evidence to disprove this assertion.
It is frequently impossible to discover whether he wishes by an appeal to evolutionary principles to reinforce the sanctions and emphasize the absolute character of the traditional morality which in the main he accepts without question from the current opinions about conduct of his age, or whether he wishes to discredit and disprove the validity of that morality in order to substitute by the aid of the biological sciences a new ethical code.
It is that immense mass of letters that prove the real greatness of the statesman, and disprove De Retz's portrait, which is carefully arranged to show off his enemy against the might of Richelieu.
These considerations are sufficient to disprove the theory of Geiger, 6 which has for so long been accepted in one form or another, that the Targum of Onkelos was merely a reproduction of the old Targum Jerushalmi revised in accordance with the " new I-Ialakha " introduced by R.
The eleven years which elapsed between the murder of Amnon and the revolt would seem to disprove any connexion between the two; the chronology may rest upon the tradition that Solomon was twelve years old when he came to the throne.
It was thought that it might be identical with hexaphenylethane, but the supposed synthesis of this substance by Ullmann and Borsum (Ber., 1902, 35, p. 2877) appeared to disprove this, although it showed that triphenylmethyl readily isomerized into their product, under the influence of catalysts.
The distinction is of greater importance than would appear when one realizes how obvious the facts really are, and in practice it happens frequently that speakers claim with success to disprove a proposition by disproving the fact alleged in support of it, or to establish a hypothesis by showing that facts agree with its consequences.
The attempts made during the 19th century to disprove the Pauline authorship now possess merely an historic interest, nor have the various hypotheses of more or less extensive interpolation won any serious support.
It can be said confidently that the truth is between these two extremes (though in what exact year it is not easy to say), as will be evident from a consideration of the arguments urged, which in each case appear less to prove one extreme than to disprove its opposite.
The existence of some differences of language may, however, be too readily taken to disprove derivation.
Some held that if this were true ocean telegraphy would be impossible, and sought in consequence to disprove Thomson's conclusion.
That St Catherine actually existed there is, indeed, no evidence to disprove; and it is possible that some of the elements in her legend are due to confusion with the story of Hypatia, the neo-platonic philosopher of Alexandria, who was done to death by a Christian mob.
His main discoveries, however, were in the field of physiology: he wrote valuable and suggestive papers on respiration, on the senses of bats, &c., while he made experiments (1768) to disprove the occurrence of spontaneous generation, showing in opposition to J.
Newall has verified the presence of cyanogen in the photosphere, and it had previously served to disprove the solar origin of certain oxygen lines.
He was attacked with quinsy, which rapidly brought about paralysis of the tongue, and he died on the 13th of September 1592, in circumstances which, as Pasquier reports them, completely disprove any intention of displaying antiChristian or anti-Catholic leanings.
It was, however, Berkeley who first sought to utilize the conclusions that were implicit in Locke's starting-point to disprove " the systems of impious and profane persons which exclude all freeedom, intelligence, and design from the formation of things, and instead thereof make a selfexistent, stupid, unthinking substance the root and origin of all beings."
Hence the absence of sense-organs in the scyphistoma does not necessarily disprove its medusoid character, while its anatomical structure resembles that of a simple scyphomedusa, such as Lucernaria, rather than that of a polyp.
On the other hand, grammatical and constructional examples may be cited from other more modern agglutinative idioms, in order to establish the truly linguistic character of the Sumerian peculiarities and to disprove the Halevyan contentions that Sumerian is really not a language at a11.4 It is not surprising that Halevy's view as to the cryptographic nature of Sumerian should have arisen.
If so, this does not disprove levitation, let alone demon possession.
Lipsius had been reconciled to the Church of Rome; Casaubon was supposed to be wavering; but Scaliger was known to be hopeless, and as long as his supremacy was unquestioned the Protestants had the victory in learning and scholarship. A determined attempt must be made, if not to answer his criticisms, or to disprove his statements, yet to attack him as a man, and to destroy his reputation.
The finding of chips of "sarsens" and "blue stones" together "down to the bed of the rock" would seem to disprove the theory that the inner circle and inner horseshoe were built earlier than the rest of the monument.
"Such things as are reported either before or at the foundation of the city, more beautiful and set out with poets' fables than grounded upon pure and faithful records, I mean neither to aver nor disprove" (Praef); and of the whole history previous to the sack of Rome by the Gauls (390 B.C.) he writes that it was obscure "both in regard of exceeding antiquity, and also for that in those days there were very few writings and monuments, the only faithful safeguard and true remembrancers of deeds past; and, besides, whatsoever was registered in the commentaries of the priests and in other public or private records, the same for the most part, when the city was burned, perished withal."
And the libertarian, by his arguments showing that appeal must be made to an act of will or of the self in the explanation of the phenomena of choice, does nothing directly to disprove the truth of such a contention.
disprove the hypothesis.
disprove the allegation made.
disprove what he had seen.
This view does, however, disprove the notion that the said farmer's actions had caused the collapse of the 9.3 ton capstone.
The way to disprove Christianity is to disprove Christianity is to disprove the resurrection of Christ.
disprove the myth.
Either you are stating the truism that we cannot absolutely disprove anything.
Mr. Morgan then addressed the jury, and called several witnesses to disprove the statements made by the witnesses for the prosecution.
disprove that theory.
However it is not the subject matter of this book to attempt to prove or disprove any survival hypothesis.
intermediaryof Yahwistic involvement in history does not disprove his use of divine intermediaries.
6 Yet every disciple of Cartesianism seems to disprove the dictum by his example.
the idea of the propitiatory character of the offering, but these ideas rather confirm than disprove the persistence of those primitive conceptions themselves.
The records can be obtained for free in many countries because they can be used to prove or disprove that an individual was ever married, and they can also be used to trace genealogical information.
For informed students, perpetual myths about online learning are easy to disprove, but much of the misinformation persists among the general public.
This is the game, if Resident Evil 4 didn't do it for you, that should disprove all arguments that the GameCube is for kids.
Vitamin E and beta carotene supplements were once thought to help decrease the risk of stroke and prevent the development of heart disease, but newer studies disprove their effectiveness.
Vitamin E and beta carotene supplements were once thought to help prevent the development of heart disease, but subsequent studies disprove that assumption.
With the introduction of infant massage in the West in the late 1970s, it was tested to prove or disprove its efficacy.
Because there is no way to prove the diagnosis of CVS, the physician must instead disprove every other diagnosis.
While it's true Cleopatra was fond of pampering herself, there are so many misconceptions surrounding her rule in Egypt that it's hard to prove or disprove this theory.
Many would argue that it is far more difficult to disprove something's existence as opposed to proving it does indeed exist, but nonetheless this particular legend has been captivating people for many years.
Some even go so far as to try and disprove the haunting as being nothing more than circumstances caused by a naturally occurring event, like drafty windows, car headlights or other things that can create a ghost-like experience.
So far, there is not enough scientific evidence to conclusively prove or disprove a connection between autism and vaccines.
Bra mechanics aren't exactly a highly respected branch of science, so it's not like there are hundred of scientists working to prove or disprove the usefulness of the underwire.
Mythbusters is a reality TV show that airs on the Discovery Channel and strives to prove or disprove myths, folklore, urban legends, viral videos and other puzzles of science and technology.
To knock it down and disprove genetics would be the most staggering feat of intellect ever seen.
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