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Susan,

There is a grain of truth in your claim--but only a grain. The hypothetical/deductive method involving formal experimental and null hypotheses is unique to the sciences--but is rarely used in it's pure form. Seen historically, it often comes as a culmination of a great deal of foundational research which refines simple observations. Even then, certain requirements of the design may not be met.

A good example is global warming. As early as the 18th century, there was speculation that the burning of wood, peat, and coal could cause the release of gases that could increase global temperature, but there weren't enough observations over the entire globe over a long enough period of time to really formally test that hypothesis. Two centuries later, we formed an international group called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to carry out a global study measuring both temperature and CO2 concentration prospectively, and earlier temperature changes retrospectively--using data from tree ring samples and ice core samples. The retrospective data, imperfect as it was, clearly showed temperature cycles with a sharp upward trend in recent times. Using data from weather observation sites onground, buoys at sea, and satellites in space, we were finally able to present truly global measurements for the first time that verified the increases--including the sharp increase in recent years. At the same time, studies of CO2 concentration showed similar increases.

Unfortunately, there was no way to do a controlled experiment to test the hypothesis that the increases in CO2 caused the increases in temperature. Remember, that was the original hypothesis. Instead, we correlated the CO2 and temperature observations with each other and found an association that couldn't be explained by chance.

So, it was "kind of" the scientific method you are talking about--if we just look at the most recent studies. But the approach was by no means the out of the box, step by step, process you describe. Worse yet, the final association documented fell short of the causal findings demanded by "the scientific method."

Ray

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Methods 1549 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 12:35
Re: Methods 193 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 15:34
Re: Methods 183 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 16:39
Re: Methods 197 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 18:15
Re: Methods 179 Itatw70s 16-Dec-18 23:59
Re: Methods 194 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 06:29
Re: Methods 195 Eddie Larry 17-Dec-18 15:31
Re: Methods 180 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 08:08
Re: Methods 182 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 08:37
Re: Methods 184 greengirl5 17-Dec-18 09:04
Re: Methods 178 Enigcom 17-Dec-18 12:13
An example 184 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 15:55
Re: An example 176 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 17:20
Re: An example 181 Itatw70s 17-Dec-18 17:57
Re: An example 173 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 07:59
If we accept academic standards, 183 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 13:28
Re: If we accept academic standards, 179 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 15:19
Re: If we accept academic standards, 171 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 16:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 183 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:17
Re: If we accept academic standards, 177 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:35
Re: If we accept academic standards, 179 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 179 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 18:59
Re: If we accept academic standards, 170 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:11
Re: If we accept academic standards, 178 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 19:56
Re: If we accept academic standards, 172 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:58
Re: If we accept academic standards, 180 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:12
Bee in the bonnet 183 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:45
Re: Bee in the bonnet 181 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 08:10
Re: If we accept academic standards, 176 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 06:33
Re: If we accept academic standards, 183 Eddie Larry 19-Dec-18 22:04
Re: If we accept academic standards, 180 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:25
Re: If we accept academic standards, 159 Eddie Larry 22-Dec-18 20:42
Real world example of the scientific method 199 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 19:04
Re: Real world example of the scientific method 181 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:27
Statements! 181 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:55
Re: If we accept academic standards, 164 drrayeye 27-Dec-18 09:42
Re: If we accept academic standards, 215 Susan Doris 27-Dec-18 13:32
Re: An example 184 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:38
Re: An example 175 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:16
Re: An example 177 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:14
Re: An example 177 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:42
Re: An example 184 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 22:07
Re: An example 188 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:20
So, try to prove art 175 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 08:00
Re: So, try to prove art 192 Itatw70s 19-Dec-18 12:52
Re: So, try to prove art 164 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:07
Re: So, try to prove art 165 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:18
Re: So, try to prove art 155 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 06:55
Re: An example 179 Enigcom 22-Dec-18 13:00
Re: An example 181 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:18
Re: An example 179 greengirl5 22-Dec-18 21:15
Re: An example 171 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:32
Re: An example 176 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 09:33
Re: An example 171 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 07:00
Communicate.... 157 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 21:35
Re: An example 170 Enigcom 23-Dec-18 19:24
Re: An example 161 Susan Doris 24-Dec-18 06:27
Happy Christmas everybody, from Australia. 169 greengirl5 24-Dec-18 11:43
a Method for the Holidays 164 drrayeye 24-Dec-18 19:18
Re: a Method for the Holidays 165 Susan Doris 25-Dec-18 06:38
Re: Methods 85 ian 77 11-Jun-19 20:13
Re: Methods 74 Susan Doris 13-Jun-19 05:12
Re: Methods 146 drew 13-Jun-19 07:49


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