The Scientific Method. Why is it important? What makes it "the" method to use for investigating the universe?
It is important as a method for investigating the universe because it works really really well on a wide range of interesting and/or important problems. (it probably also works for uninteresting and important problems, but we have less observational data about what works and doesn't for these problems)
I leave ascertaining truth to the religious and the philosophical. The scientific method is what you use when you give up on ever knowing the truth. Make your theories match your experiments, nothing deeper than that.it's the state of the art in ascertaining the truth about the world of our experience.
If you're referring to fundamental truth, then neither the scientific method, nor philosophy, nor religious myth can pretend to definitively ascertain that. Note that, wrt the preeminence of the scientific method, I referred to truth about the world of our experience.I leave ascertaining truth to the religious and the philosophical. The scientific method is what you use when you give up on ever knowing the truth. Make your theories match your experiments, nothing deeper than that.
It's an interesting question, at first glance, that I've not considered before. My guess would be, no. Thus, the evolution of the modern scientific method.Here's a question. Is there anything else that DOES work yet isn't normally included in the Scientific Method? Obviously random guessing will eventually yield SOME kind of progress, even if temporary, but still...
I don't personally believe that anything else works, and I'm having a very difficult time wording these questions correctly, so I apologize if this seems like a very "basic" question with an obvious answer. I'm trying to ask a more in depth question but I don't know how to word it.
There is a contradiction between Darwin’s methodology and how he described it for public consumption. Darwin claimed that he proceeded ‘‘on true Baconian [inductive] principles and without any theory collected facts on a wholesale scale.’’ He also wrote, ‘‘How odd it is that anyone should not see that all observation must be for or against some view if it is to be of any service!’’ The scientific method includes 2 episodes. The first consists of formulating hypotheses; the second consists of experimentally testing them. What differentiates science from other knowledge is the second episode: subjecting hypotheses to empirical testing by observing whether or not predictions derived from a hypothesis are the case in relevant observations and experiments. A hypothesis is scientific only if it is consistent with some but not other possible states of affairs not yet observed, so that it is subject to the possibility of falsification by reference to experience. Darwin occupies an exalted place in the history of Western thought, deservedly receiving credit for the theory of evolution. In The Origin of Species, he laid out the evidence demonstrating the evolution of organisms. More important yet is that he discovered natural selection, the process that accounts for the adaptations of organisms and their complexity and diversification. Natural selection and other causal processes of evolution are investigated by formulating and testing hypotheses. Darwin advanced hypotheses in multiple fields, including geology, plant morphology and physiology, psychology, and evolution, and subjected them to severe empirical tests.
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I generally take it to its bare minimum: come up with hypotheses that are clever and don't conflict with existing observations, and do whatever you can to disprove them. If you concede and have put a good amount of effort into (unsuccessfully) disproving them, they're considered proven for the time being.
That's just the start. Did you forget about tossing hypotheses out the window and thinking up new ones?The scientific method is just test and confirm, if you don't it would just be a guess.