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What is “The Scientific Method?”

Wikipedia says

1The scientific method (or simply scientific method) is a body of techniques for

science

The Scientific method is used to test things and see if they are true!

investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.[1] To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning.[2] The Oxford English Dictionary says that the scientific method is: “a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.”[3]

Please allow me to explain!

1. Make a GUESS, we call this a theory. It should be a helpful theory that will predict what causes what to happen .

2. Figure out a way to test the theory.  This is called an “experiment” It should be a repeatable test.  If it only worked one time and never again….then we cannot test it. No matter how good it worked. Things that only work randomly, or one time, are called anecdotal. they might be nice, but they don’t help other people to know what to do.

3. The ideal scientific study would be Random and double blind. so the scientist and the subjects are both unbiased.  When we are looking for a particular answer, there are a LOT of things that we can accidentally, or on purpose, do in an experiment that will give us the result we want….but it doesn’t mean it was true!

4. Repeatable and confirmed by more testing. Does it work always or most of the time?

5. Does it show a clear result? Can We measure it? Does it seem clear what factors are causing what results? Do we understand it? Could there be other reasons why we got the results

OK, basically the above is a, hopefully clear, and probably obvious.explanation of The Scientific Method.

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