23 Aug 2012

How the Scientific Method Works

Submitted by Stephen Winters
TitleHow the Scientific Method Works
Publication TypeWeb Article
AuthorsHarris, W
Access Year2012
Access DateAug 23, 2012
KeywordsScientific Method

We hear about the scientific method every day. Middle and high school students learn about it in science class and use it in research competitions. Advertisers use it to support claims about products ranging from vacuum cleaners to vitamins. And Hollywood portrays it by showing scientists with clipboards and lab coats standing behind microscopes and flasks filled with bubbling liquids. 

So why does the scientific method remain such a mystery to so many people? One reason has to do with the name itself. The word "method" implies that there is some sacred formula locked in a vault -- a formula available to highly trained scientists and no one else. This is absolutely untrue. The scientific method is something all of us use all of the time. In fact, engaging in the basic activities that make up the scientific method -- being curious, asking questions, seeking answers -- is a natural part of being human.


When examining our faith and beliefs we should use the Scientific Method.

Citation KeyctkeyScientificMethodHarris

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