Scientific Method Paper/Assignment
1. & 2. List and define the elements to Critical thinking and give an example for each element. a. Very few truths-My parents told me that Santa Claus was real; Santa Claus is not even a little bit real. There are only a few actually truths in this world. b. Challenge Authority- Michael Phelps says subway is healthy and great for you every day. Could I actually be physically fit from eating subway every day??? Questioning what authority says is right can be a positive thing. c. Have an open mind- When my parents taught me from a very young age to only like one political candidate, when it came time to vote I kept an open mind and heard what both sides had to say about different issues facing the United states today. I took my think outside the box, so my thinking would not be narrowed by one though process. d. Not all evidence is created equal- My brother told me what classes would be beneficial for me to take for my first year of college (he knows me very well and has been in college for 6 years). My friend also gave me advice on which classes to take (my friend has never been to college and does not know me as well as my brother). Both were evidence of what classes I should take, but I trust my brother’s advice over my friend’s advice. 3. List the steps to the scientific method.
a. Observation that raises a question
b. Develop a hypothesis (the answer to the question)
c. Testing (research)
4. Choose an issue facing people today and utilize the Scientific Method to form a conclusion. My mother has Multiple Sclerosis otherwise known as M.S. She was diagnosed right after my older brother Colin was born in August of 1991. Growing up, I always thought that only women were able to get M.S. and only until my eighth grade year I found out that men can also get it. I always only heard of women who had M.S. Does M.S. occur more in women than men? I believe that Multiple Sclerosis occurs more in women than men...
Cited: Hitti, Miranda. "Why More Women Get Multiple Sclerosis." WebMD. Ed. Brunilda Nazario. N.p. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.
"Multiple sclerosis hits women more than men." CNN. Health Immune, 27 Feb. 2007. Web. 16 Mar. 2013.
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