posted on Jun, 3 2017 @ 03:15 AM
a reply to: Justoneman
The Scientific Method is what distinguishes “science” from other types of study. It is an algorithm or process for investigating the physical
world. Here's how it is supposed to work, in seven steps:
1 The scientist observes the available data.
2 He formulates an hypothesis to explain the observations.
3 He derives testable predictions from the hypothesis.
4 He devises experiments or observations to test the predictions.
5 He does the experiments or makes the observations.
6 If the test results match the predictions, he cries “eureka!” and publishes. He can now properly call his hypothesis a
scientific theory or theoretical model. He publishes it along with his data and detailed calculations, so that other scientists can reproduce and
verify his work.
7 If the test results fail to match the predictions, the theory is said to be “falsified,” so he discards or revises it and starts over at step 2,
with the new observations or experimental results added to the body of available data.
Step 7 is the test of a scientist's integrity. If, instead of discarding or revising falsified theories or models, a disappointed researcher revises
the data, to make it fit his predictions, he's no scientist worthy of the name.
Cargo Cult Science
edit on 3-6-2017 by D8Tee because: (no reason given)