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.Quote
Ray: Sorry to take such a long time to reply.
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.Quote
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.
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.Quote
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).
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.Quote
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.
:) However, if someone learns something useful, which takes them forward in understanding, not backwards into totally subjective beliefs, then that's a good thing.Quote
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.