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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 1704 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 12:35
Re: Methods 253 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 15:34
Re: Methods 235 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 16:39
Re: Methods 261 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 18:15
Re: Methods 234 Itatw70s 16-Dec-18 23:59
Re: Methods 253 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 06:29
Re: Methods 245 Eddie Larry 17-Dec-18 15:31
Re: Methods 232 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 08:08
Re: Methods 230 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 08:37
Re: Methods 246 greengirl5 17-Dec-18 09:04
Re: Methods 236 Enigcom 17-Dec-18 12:13
An example 233 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 15:55
Re: An example 235 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 17:20
Re: An example 229 Itatw70s 17-Dec-18 17:57
Re: An example 233 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 07:59
If we accept academic standards, 237 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 13:28
Re: If we accept academic standards, 239 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 15:19
Re: If we accept academic standards, 230 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 16:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 270 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:17
Re: If we accept academic standards, 258 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:35
Re: If we accept academic standards, 236 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 245 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 18:59
Re: If we accept academic standards, 217 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:11
Re: If we accept academic standards, 233 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 19:56
Re: If we accept academic standards, 241 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:58
Re: If we accept academic standards, 235 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:12
Bee in the bonnet 233 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:45
Re: Bee in the bonnet 257 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 08:10
Re: If we accept academic standards, 242 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 06:33
Re: If we accept academic standards, 245 Eddie Larry 19-Dec-18 22:04
Re: If we accept academic standards, 227 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:25
Re: If we accept academic standards, 226 Eddie Larry 22-Dec-18 20:42
Real world example of the scientific method 261 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 19:04
Re: Real world example of the scientific method 245 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:27
Statements! 229 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:55
Re: If we accept academic standards, 224 drrayeye 27-Dec-18 09:42
Re: If we accept academic standards, 271 Susan Doris 27-Dec-18 13:32
Re: An example 241 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:38
Re: An example 221 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:16
Re: An example 234 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:14
Re: An example 236 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:42
Re: An example 235 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 22:07
Re: An example 255 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:20
So, try to prove art 226 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 08:00
Re: So, try to prove art 240 Itatw70s 19-Dec-18 12:52
Re: So, try to prove art 224 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:07
Re: So, try to prove art 214 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:18
Re: So, try to prove art 208 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 06:55
Re: An example 233 Enigcom 22-Dec-18 13:00
Re: An example 232 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:18
Re: An example 238 greengirl5 22-Dec-18 21:15
Re: An example 232 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:32
Re: An example 223 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 09:33
Re: An example 237 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 07:00
Communicate.... 202 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 21:35
Re: An example 229 Enigcom 23-Dec-18 19:24
Re: An example 228 Susan Doris 24-Dec-18 06:27
Happy Christmas everybody, from Australia. 231 greengirl5 24-Dec-18 11:43
a Method for the Holidays 236 drrayeye 24-Dec-18 19:18
Re: a Method for the Holidays 227 Susan Doris 25-Dec-18 06:38
Re: Methods 128 ian 77 11-Jun-19 20:13
Re: Methods 122 Susan Doris 13-Jun-19 05:12
Re: Methods 242 drew 13-Jun-19 07:49


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