Quotation by Ian Hacking

Experimental work provides the strongest evidence for scientific realism. This is not because we test hypotheses about entities. It is because entities that in principle cannot be 'observed' are manipulated to produce a new phenomena
[sic] and to investigate other aspects of nature.
Ian Hacking (b. 1936), Canadian philosopher of science. Representing and Intervening, p. 262 (1983).

In support of an 'intervention-based' realism.
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