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Is there a code of science?

  1. Jan 14, 2009 #1
    Q1: Is there a code of science, a set of requirements or guidelines for scientific research?
    A1: _____ (?)

    Q2: If so, what is the code of science?
    A2: _____ (?)
     
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  3. Jan 14, 2009 #2

    Borek

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    Remember: library first, wiki/google second, ask on forums third!
     
  4. Jan 14, 2009 #3

    malawi_glenn

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    The more specific the answers are, the more probable that you'll get a good answer.
     
  5. Jan 14, 2009 #4
    The Concise Science Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 1991, and the Oxford Dictionary of Physics, Oxford niversity Press, Alan Isaacs, Editor, Fourth Printing, 2000, do not offer a definition/specification of the code of science.

    Many links/sites refer to a code of science ethics but do not describe what is the code of science ethics.

    This link refers to a code of science but does not describe what is the code of science:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q="code+of+science"&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

    This link refers to an attempt by individuals in the US Department of the Interior (DOI) to create a code of science for the DOI:

    http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache...f+"code+of+science"&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=43&gl=us

    This link ...

    http://dataspora.com/blog/open-source-dataviz/

    ... provides the following ...

    This link ...

    http://www.springerlink.com/content/t1744p42m4703687/

    ... refers to an article I would have to buy to view, which I will not do.

    Tis link ...

    http://www.katinkahesselink.net/philosop.htm

    ... claims that theosophy is ...

    My own website is listed under the above google search as having a specification of what could be or otherwise is the code of science: http://www.bobkwebsite.com/thecodeofscience.html

    The reasonable conclusion thus far in the search for a code of science is that there is no currently known code of science which by that name is generally accepted by scientists including physicists.

    If the code of science contains a requirement for following the scientific method, then perhaps the next question ought to be ...

    Q: Is there a scientific method that is currently known and generally accepted by scientists including physicists?
    A: _____ (?)
     
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  6. Jan 14, 2009 #5

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    It seems to me that "science" is pretty rigorously defined to be the use of the scientific method to test hypotheses about the observable universe. Anything that doesn't fulfill this requirement cannot be science.

    This question makes no sense to me. Are you looking for some kind of a contract created by Galileo or someone as to how science MUST be conducted?
     
  7. Jan 14, 2009 #6
    There was one in Get Smart, but it never worked right.
     
  8. Jan 14, 2009 #7
    Q: N: Are you looking for some kind of a contract created by Galileo or someone as to how science MUST be conducted?
    A: BK: Yes, as either a specification of the code of science (which ought to include the requirement for the use of operational definitions of important terms and phrases and the requirement for the use of the scientific method), or the specification of the scientific method (which in its modern form might require the use of operational definitions of important terms and phrases).
     
  9. Jan 14, 2009 #8

    malawi_glenn

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    Well maybe a good book on introdution to philsophy of scince should do you good?
     
  10. Jan 14, 2009 #9
    Bob K. What class is this for?
     
  11. Jan 14, 2009 #10
    Science is about falsification

    The essence:

     
  12. Jan 14, 2009 #11

    malawi_glenn

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    But also recall Kuhns argument against popper...
     
  13. Jan 14, 2009 #12

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    That's only one of the functions of science. Developing predictive (mathematical) models, which describe quantitatively how something works, is another part.

    This might be relevant to the matter at hand.

    On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research
    http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=4917 (2nd Ed contents can be viewed online for free)
    http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12192 (3rd Ed, not yet available)

    See also - http://www.aip.org/pubservs/ethics.html

    Ethics & Values
    02.2 APS GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
    http://www.aps.org/policy/statements/02_2.cfm

    Codes of Ethics in English
    http://www.onlineethics.org/CMS/profpractice/ethcodes/13411.aspx

    Codes of Conduct/Practice/Ethics from Around the World
    http://courses.cs.vt.edu/~cs3604/lib/WorldCodes/WorldCodes.html
     
  14. Jan 14, 2009 #13

    There does not exist fixed methodology of science.
    In the real process of research, it is impossibe to divide numerology and science.
    After published and tested, the accepted theory is educated in a logical and definitive form.
    Students study science via textbook or lecture in that form,
    but real research process is a chaotic one.
    That process can be decribed as "endless failure process".
     
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  15. Jan 14, 2009 #14
    Kuhn's and Popper's books are trashes.
     
  16. Jan 14, 2009 #15
    Kuhm and Popper would hide away if they happen to read this
     
  17. Jan 14, 2009 #16
    No class: personal edification.
     
  18. Jan 15, 2009 #17
    That is an interesting development. What would be your intent on imposing an ethical structure on those who participate in science? How have you found the language elements of scientific reporting a particular concern?
     
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