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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 902 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 12:35
Re: Methods 102 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 15:34
Re: Methods 94 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 16:39
Re: Methods 96 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 18:15
Re: Methods 93 Itatw70s 16-Dec-18 23:59
Re: Methods 87 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 06:29
Re: Methods 91 Eddie Larry 17-Dec-18 15:31
Re: Methods 90 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 08:08
Re: Methods 92 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 08:37
Re: Methods 96 greengirl5 17-Dec-18 09:04
Re: Methods 90 Enigcom 17-Dec-18 12:13
An example 88 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 15:55
Re: An example 86 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 17:20
Re: An example 96 Itatw70s 17-Dec-18 17:57
Re: An example 89 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 07:59
If we accept academic standards, 89 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 13:28
Re: If we accept academic standards, 95 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 15:19
Re: If we accept academic standards, 84 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 16:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 86 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:17
Re: If we accept academic standards, 82 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:35
Re: If we accept academic standards, 84 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 85 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 18:59
Re: If we accept academic standards, 85 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:11
Re: If we accept academic standards, 83 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 19:56
Re: If we accept academic standards, 85 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:58
Re: If we accept academic standards, 95 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:12
Bee in the bonnet 97 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:45
Re: Bee in the bonnet 92 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 08:10
Re: If we accept academic standards, 87 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 06:33
Re: If we accept academic standards, 91 Eddie Larry 19-Dec-18 22:04
Re: If we accept academic standards, 73 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:25
Re: If we accept academic standards, 75 Eddie Larry 22-Dec-18 20:42
Real world example of the scientific method 97 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 19:04
Re: Real world example of the scientific method 95 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:27
Statements! 87 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:55
Re: If we accept academic standards, 66 drrayeye 27-Dec-18 09:42
Re: If we accept academic standards, 106 Susan Doris 27-Dec-18 13:32
Re: An example 96 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:38
Re: An example 83 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:16
Re: An example 85 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:14
Re: An example 91 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:42
Re: An example 86 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 22:07
Re: An example 87 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:20
So, try to prove art 88 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 08:00
Re: So, try to prove art 93 Itatw70s 19-Dec-18 12:52
Re: So, try to prove art 82 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:07
Re: So, try to prove art 79 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:18
Re: So, try to prove art 70 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 06:55
Re: An example 76 Enigcom 22-Dec-18 13:00
Re: An example 82 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:18
Re: An example 81 greengirl5 22-Dec-18 21:15
Re: An example 86 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:32
Re: An example 79 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 09:33
Re: An example 81 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 07:00
Communicate.... 72 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 21:35
Re: An example 78 Enigcom 23-Dec-18 19:24
Re: An example 76 Susan Doris 24-Dec-18 06:27
Happy Christmas everybody, from Australia. 81 greengirl5 24-Dec-18 11:43
a Method for the Holidays 77 drrayeye 24-Dec-18 19:18
Re: a Method for the Holidays 76 Susan Doris 25-Dec-18 06:38


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