Re: Prediction

Michael Thomas Carson (mcarson@HAWAII.EDU)
Sun, 10 Sep 1995 03:58:08 -1000

Thanks to Nick Corduan for talking about predictive law in science.

It seems clear to me that anthropology makes good use of the scientific
thought process (hypothesis-testing). Conclusions are reached, which
might be considered "laws." Any law (from natural or behavioral science)
is applicable within spatial and temporal boundaries. Further
anthropological work (in the form of hypothesis-testing) can help to
define these boundaries. Another good idea would be to explain why these
boundaries exist. Ideas, anyone?

- Mike Carson