Where did the "Scientific Method" actually come from? I don't mean historicly who thought of it. What I mean is what actually makes it valid? Observe Question Hypothesize Experiment Observe Above is one form of the "Scientific Method". What it basically states is that the best way to know something is to take information, come up with an idea as to why it works, and then test our idea to see if it appears to be correct. This method of reasoning seems rather obvious to most people nowadays, particularly the idea that experimental data is the only way of confirming an idea. But... why? What is so obvious about that? How do we know it's the correct system, and in any case why do we THINK it's the correct system? If it IS correct, what MAKES it correct? It's something most of us take for granted... But the testing of hypothesi by experiment and the idea that we will never know anything for CERTAIN is actually very interesting... And why do we think that it's the correct way?