[extropy-chat] Re: FWD (SK) Re: The real method of scientific discovery: [...]

BillK bill at wkidston.freeserve.co.uk
Sat Mar 20 09:08:18 UTC 2004

> Terry W. Colvin forwarded:
>> <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m2843/1_28/111897967/print.jhtml>
>> The Scientific Method: The idea that there is a single Scientific
>> Method and that induction is a key part of it is one of the most
>> unfortunate fables foisted off on innocent students[...]
>> Retroduction, or abduction, is the real method of scientific work

What you really want is:

The cornerstone of modern science is the scientific method. Scientists
first formulate hypotheses, or predictions, about nature. Then they
perform experiments to test their hypotheses.
There are two forms of scientific method,
the inductive and the deductive.

INDUCTIVE                               DEDUCTIVE
formulate hypothesis                  formulate hypothesis
apply for grant                        apply for grant
perform experiments or gather        perform experiments or gather
data to test hypothesis                data to test hypothesis
alter data to fit hypothesis          revise data to fit hypothesis
publish                                 backdate revised hypothesis


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