Ad Hoc Hypothesis
In science and philosophy, an ad hoc hypothesis is a hypothesis added to a theory in order to save it from being falsified. Ad hoc hypothesizing is compensating for anomalies not anticipated by the theory in its unmodified form.
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“Oversimplified, Merciers Hypothesis would run like this: Wit is always absurd and true, humor absurd and untrue.”
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