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Ray: Sorry to take such a long time to reply.
No problem; especially as I was in hospital for four days! I walked to town and back this morning, reminding myself, as one of my sons says, it's not a race, you know! definitely feeling more or less back to normal today, but I shall be glad to know exactly what the diagnosis and prognosis are.
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The scientific method, even the step by step version that you describe, is not restricted to science in the manner you suppose. It is open to all areas of knowledge. The advantage of the physical sciences has been one of scaling and measurement. The variables of the physical sciences can be measured in great detail and, in the past, were scalable in regular units. However, as the physical sciences have developed, new frontiers have emerged in which the variables are no longer so regular.
Yes - but all done within the scientific method, I think, so there can be a reasonable acceptance of the resulting conclusion but no Theory can be said to have been produced.
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The field of psychology branched off from the physical sciences with completely new variables, like the JND (just noticeable difference) IQ (intelligence quotient), the SEU (subjective expected utility). The field of economics, similarly, developed ways to measure decision making using Bayesian tools of measurement (based on Bayes theorem).
Again - understood, but the initial guess or conjecture would not have been able to be objectively and independently observed by others, so although the steps of the scientific method may well then be followed, the results cannot be objective Theories, can they, since there was subjectivity, however sensible, at the start.
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The further branching off into almost every area of discourse was through the development of information theory--which reduces all variables to bits: binary units of information. This is what has allowed the scientific method to be applied most broadly.
Hmmmm, I'd like to read whatProf Brian cox et al have to say about that, especialy since that AoM earlier this year would be enough to disqualify that idea right at the start, bearing in mind her complete identifying said information theory with her spirits, the ones she has talked to since the age of three?! That is just so ridiculous and unscientific.
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As a scientific methodologist, I can find ways to carry out quantitative investigations in most any academic field--but I can't guarantee that the results will be interesting.
:) However, if someone learns something useful, which takes them forward in understanding, not backwards into totally subjective beliefs, then that's a good thing.

Susan

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Methods 1558 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 12:35
Re: Methods 196 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 15:34
Re: Methods 184 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 16:39
Re: Methods 198 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 18:15
Re: Methods 180 Itatw70s 16-Dec-18 23:59
Re: Methods 196 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 06:29
Re: Methods 197 Eddie Larry 17-Dec-18 15:31
Re: Methods 182 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 08:08
Re: Methods 183 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 08:37
Re: Methods 186 greengirl5 17-Dec-18 09:04
Re: Methods 180 Enigcom 17-Dec-18 12:13
An example 186 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 15:55
Re: An example 178 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 17:20
Re: An example 182 Itatw70s 17-Dec-18 17:57
Re: An example 175 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 07:59
If we accept academic standards, 184 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 13:28
Re: If we accept academic standards, 181 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 15:19
Re: If we accept academic standards, 172 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 16:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 186 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:17
Re: If we accept academic standards, 180 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:35
Re: If we accept academic standards, 180 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 183 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 18:59
Re: If we accept academic standards, 171 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:11
Re: If we accept academic standards, 179 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 19:56
Re: If we accept academic standards, 175 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:58
Re: If we accept academic standards, 182 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:12
Bee in the bonnet 184 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:45
Re: Bee in the bonnet 185 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 08:10
Re: If we accept academic standards, 178 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 06:33
Re: If we accept academic standards, 184 Eddie Larry 19-Dec-18 22:04
Re: If we accept academic standards, 182 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:25
Re: If we accept academic standards, 161 Eddie Larry 22-Dec-18 20:42
Real world example of the scientific method 202 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 19:04
Re: Real world example of the scientific method 183 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:27
Statements! 182 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:55
Re: If we accept academic standards, 167 drrayeye 27-Dec-18 09:42
Re: If we accept academic standards, 216 Susan Doris 27-Dec-18 13:32
Re: An example 186 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:38
Re: An example 178 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:16
Re: An example 182 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:14
Re: An example 179 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:42
Re: An example 186 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 22:07
Re: An example 192 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:20
So, try to prove art 176 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 08:00
Re: So, try to prove art 193 Itatw70s 19-Dec-18 12:52
Re: So, try to prove art 166 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:07
Re: So, try to prove art 166 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:18
Re: So, try to prove art 156 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 06:55
Re: An example 181 Enigcom 22-Dec-18 13:00
Re: An example 183 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:18
Re: An example 181 greengirl5 22-Dec-18 21:15
Re: An example 173 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:32
Re: An example 177 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 09:33
Re: An example 174 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 07:00
Communicate.... 158 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 21:35
Re: An example 172 Enigcom 23-Dec-18 19:24
Re: An example 163 Susan Doris 24-Dec-18 06:27
Happy Christmas everybody, from Australia. 171 greengirl5 24-Dec-18 11:43
a Method for the Holidays 166 drrayeye 24-Dec-18 19:18
Re: a Method for the Holidays 167 Susan Doris 25-Dec-18 06:38
Re: Methods 87 ian 77 11-Jun-19 20:13
Re: Methods 77 Susan Doris 13-Jun-19 05:12
Re: Methods 151 drew 13-Jun-19 07:49


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