Black Swans: When you disprove your own hypothesis that all Swans are white. | TheOtherDrX

I wrote a blogpost a while back on the White Swan hypothesis, where I challenge my research students to test the hypothesis that all swans are white, as in the UK and Europe, this is a generally accepted notion. Either students suggest finding as many white swans as possible to support their hypothesis, or look for a single black swan to disprove their hypothesis. As all good scientists know, the latter is ideal, but the  former is so often the reality in the ‘publish or perish’ era of academia, and is cause for so much bad science. When I wrote the blog post, I promised to highlight some of…

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