Problems with the Scientific Method

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Title of the Article: Problems with “the scientific method” Author’s name: Jennifer Cutraro
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Date printed: July 5, 2012

Do you ever hear about the problems with “the scientific method” well if never heard about it you might want to stay tuned. For many scientists, the effect is especially troubling because of what it exposes about the scientific process. If replication is what separates the rigor of science from the squishiness of pseudoscience, where do we put all these rigorously validated findings that can no longer be proved? Which results should we believe? Francis Bacon, the early-modern philosopher and pioneer of the scientific method, once declared that experiments were essential, because they allowed us to “put nature to the question. But it appears that nature often gives us different answers. Now a man named Gary Garber says the term “scientific method,” he explains, isn’t even something scientists themselves came up with. It was invented by historians and philosophers of science during the last century to make sense of how science works. Unfortunately, he says, the term is usually interpreted to mean there is only one, step-by-step approach to science. In fact there is many ways to find the answer to something and people can find or choose a way to find the answer they are looking for. If you don’t believe you might want to know that Physicists are scientists who study how particles such as electrons, ions and protons behave. Geologists, scientists who study the history of Earth as recorded in rocks, won’t necessarily do experiments and both of these two types of scientists that might not follow the method at all most of the time. Even thou that some teachers tell and show why scientific method is important by doing labs and writhing about what happens in the labs is not always showing or expanding about the scientific method. Now you know about the problems will you stay tune to find out what...
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