Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Scientific Method

Science has been a great deal of my education & work(degrees in Chemistry, nuclear training in Navy, performing Nuke training, & operator licensing).

I've always thought that Scientists are the most open minded people. But there are 2 subjects that they seem to have extremely closed minds.

The first is Global Warming. Since Al Gore (the inventor of the internet) declared that there is no more doubt, Global Warming is a fact; many in the scientific community refuse to accept that there are different views on the subject. There are 1000's of Scientists that believe that weather is a cycle that the earth heats up & then cools down. The GW people want to ignore the actual cooling down, that the ice pack has grown, that polar bears are not drowning; since the science is complete.

The other subject is Intelligent Design; many scientists believe that evolution & the big bang explain how life began. Any scientist that believes that there is a before (the big bang theory does not explain what happened before the bang) has been ostracized.

Science is simply common sense at its best that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic. Thomas Henry Huxley

Science is facts; just as houses are made of stone, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house, and a collection of facts is not necessarily science. Jules Henri Poincaré

In essence, science is a perpetual search for an intelligent and integrated comprehension of the world we live in. Cornelius Bernardus Van Neil

Scientific method refers to a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. A scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.

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