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dc.contributor.author Corkett, Christopher J.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-20T14:57:57Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-20T14:57:57Z
dc.date.issued 2010-01-20T14:57:57Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/12421
dc.description This paper is available on line from the Alphabetical Speakers List – ‘C’ http://oregonstate.edu/dept/iifet/2000/speakersc.html There is an important corrigenda for document 1. The legend and figures do not match. If we take the legend as correct: Then Fig. (a) should be Fig. (c); Fig. (b) should be Fig. (a); Fig. (c) should be Fig. (b) en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract. A logical analysis of the common fisheries models used in stock assessment has shown that they produce specific predictions with the logical form of existential statements, fail Karl Popper’s falsifiability criterion, and so cannot be falsified or tested by the empirical evidence. By contrast, the theoretical models of fisheries economics make predictions, not in the form of existential statements, but in the form of universal patterns that exclude possibilities. These economic models meet Karl Popper’s falsifiability criterion, since, from the logical point of view, the excluded possibilities represent potential falsifications or tests of the model. Management decisions are presently guided by specific quantified predictions produced by those fisheries models best supported by the facts or data; a pragmatic approach to prediction that involves an inference from past experience and so makes the inductive assumption that we are entitled to argue from the past to the future. This inductive approach should be replaced by a critical rational approach in which management decisions are based, not on those non-falsifiable “metaphysical” models best supported by the facts, but on those falsifiable models that have been the best tested by the facts. A critical rational thesis illustrated, in this paper, by the bold falsifiable Gordon-Schaefer model of fisheries economics, in which bioenonomic optima (such as the maximum economic yield) are not interpreted in terms of specific quantified predictions but are seen as “aims”or “ends” and interpreted as normative laws; norms that are indirectly incorporated into a social engineering by way of the methodological rule of concomitance. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries . Paper presented to the Tenth biannual Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET). Conference: Microbehaviour and Macroresults, Oregon State University, July 10-14, 2000.;
dc.subject Karl Popper
dc.subject Falsifiability
dc.subject Fisheries
dc.subject Stock assessment
dc.subject Schaefer
dc.subject Introduction
dc.title Fisheries Stock Assessment: an inductive science with the Logical form of Primitive Magic en_US
dc.title.alternative Paper presented at the IIFET Conference, 2000. Oregon State University’ en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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