not to admit of any hypothesis

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I don't understand the logic of "not to admit of any hypothesis." A hypothesis is defined by Cambridge as "an idea or explanation for something that is based on known facts but has not yet been proved." So it is one of the most important tools of scientific inquiry. For example: hypotheses for global warming are much appreciated by scientific community.

Now Hume says "not to admit of any hypothesis," which means "not allow any hypothesis" and which sounds completely to be scientifically suicidal to me.

I guess some nuance of grammar has misled me. I am not sure.

The question of the thread is "not to admit of any hypothesis" means "not allow any (scientific) hypothesis."

"All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability" – David Hume

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