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#6B SCIENTIFIC METHOD

I value solving problems by scientific methods: gathering data (I like numbers), making testable hypotheses (I like equations) to fit data, testing (I like statistical tests,) refining, publishing for others to verify. Scientists work to avoid bad experimental design, faulty controls, selection effects, bias, prejudice, errors, etc.  A complex problem may require reduction to many simpler ones and sorting out multiple causes / effects. Science works better than anything else when it comes to making good predictions and solving problems. If there were something else that worked better, I’d be for it!

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a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with: #12B Nonrational Knowing  to make Choice #10 in the Choices We Make cards 

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
book review: The Knowledge Machine by Michael Strevens 
Worldview Watch issue #58, posted 10/18/2018 Believing Scientists or Politicians? 
Worldview Watch issue #43, posted 3/14/2015: Celebrating Each Day: Pi, St. Patrick, Uncle John and Uncle Albert
Worldview Watch issue #31: God, Science, Faith
 

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

observation  Scientific Method hypothesis testing 
Reproducibility Causality History of the Scientific Method
Measurement Design of Experiments  Pseudoscience
Reductionism Scientific Misconduct Evidence Based Practice (medical science related)
     

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception

#5B Vitalism

#7A   Mysticism  #7B Magic
#8B   Belief in a Personal God #9A   Religious Fundamentalism  #9B  In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #12A Polytheism, Animism, Pagan  
#15   The Group Think Imperative #18A   Passionately Impulsive   #25   Evil is Out There   #36B  Conspiracies  
#201B Faith & Wishful Thinking      
   

More to Explore --Worldview Theme #6B: Scientific Method

The Scientific Method (from WikiBooks open content textbook collection)
The Scientific Method (concise presentation from Intel International Science Fair & Science Service)
Overview of the Scientific Method (from Science Buddies website / science fair perspective) 
Scientific Method: A Historical and Philosophical Introduction, by Barry Gower (read portions at Google Books)
The Scientific Method  (from UC Riverside physics class notes)
Science Clarified (on line science & technology encyclopedic collection of articles)
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, by Carl Sagan 
Scientific Thinking and the Scientific Method, by Steven D. Schafersman
"What Does it Mean to be Evidence-based?" (essay on Oregon Research Institute site)
The Knowledge Machine by Michael Strevens (book review by Jennifer Szalai   in The NY Times Oct 7 2020)
Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes  (book review and interview by Zoe Corbyn in The Guardian November 3 2019)
Science Forum: Ten common statistical mistakes to watch out for when writing or reviewing a manuscript   (post on eLifeSciences.org Oct 10 2019)
Scientists rise up against statistical significance by Valentin Amrhein, Sander Greenland, Blake McShane    (posted on Nature March 20 2019)
"Will the world embrace Plan S, the radical proposal to mandate open access to science papers?" by Tania Rabesandratana (from Science Jan 3 2019)
Scientific Honesty (article about algorithms to test published data from The Economist June 16 2018) 
“Make replication studies ‘a normal and essential part of science,’ Dutch science academy says” By Matt Warren (in Science Jan. 16, 2018)
Scientific Publishing Review and Prosper  (article from The Economist June 3 2017)
Curiosity Stream  (June 11 2017 Science News article about science related documentary streaming service)

“The Scientific Method” by Nigel Goldenfeld (Essay 2017 contribution to Edge.org) 

“Actionable Predictions” by Roger Highfield (Essay 2017 contribution to Edge.org)
“Uncertainty” by Lawrence M. Krauss (its place in science, Essay 2017 contribution to Edge.org)
Scientific Publishing (report from The Economist November 26 2016)
Why Bad Science Persists (report from The Economist September 24 2016
"When Science Goes Wrong: Computer Says Oops" (report on neuroscience modeling mishaps from The Economist July 16 2016)
What We Cannot Know by Marcus du Sautoy (re: limits of scientific knowledge; book review from The Economist June 18 2016)

"No, Science Is Not Faith-Based"  by Ethan Siegel  (essay posted March 8 2016 on Forbes magazine website)

"Scientific Method: Let's Just Try That Again" (article about reproducible results from The Economist Feb 6 2016)

"This star probably isn’t surrounded by ‘alien megastructures.’ But what’s making it act so strangely?" by Sarah Kaplan (example of testing hypotheses, article in The Washington Post Jan 19 2016)

"The debate over genetically modified organisms is a great case study in how to think critically" by William Saletan (article posted August 2015 on Slate)
"10 studies proving GMOs are harmful? Not if science matters"  (Nov 2015 article posted on The Genetic Literacy Project)
The Scientific Method in Practice, by Hugh G. Gauch  (read portions of this 2003 book at Google Books)
Realism, Rationalism, and the Scientific Method, by Paul Feyerabend  (read portions of this book at Google Books)

The Invention of Science by David Wootten (review of 2015 book in The Economist October 24 2015)

Introduction to the Scientific Method  (from Rochester University)
Science.gov ("gateway to over 50 million pages of authoritative selected science information")
Scientific American's Citizen Science Project's Page
Zooniverse (citizen science network helps classify galaxies, study exoplanets, etc.)
Scientific Reports (an online, free and open access primary research publication from publishers of Nature)

Data Analysis: On the Other Hands (report on how bias can creep into analysis, from The Economist October 10 2015)

"The Myth of Basic Science" by Matt Ridley (The Wall Street Journal opinion piece  Oct 23 2015)

"The New Study Shows that Some Old Psychological Studies Can't be Trusted" by Deborah Grace (Aug 29 2015 article posted on Pioneer News)
"A Future Segregated by Science?" by Charles M. Blow (opinion piece NY Times Feb 2 2015) 
"How Science Goes Wrong--Unreliable Research: Trouble in the Lab" (cover story from The Economist October 19 2013)
"From Global Warming to Fluoride--Why Do People Deny Science?" by A. Varki and D. Brower (May 25 2013 article on Salon.com)
Ignorance: How it Drives Science by Stuart Firestein (more on this 2012 book from Oxford University Press)
"Citizen Science: People Power" by Eric Hand (re: what networks of human minds can do; in Nature Aug 4 2010)  
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (re: science & ethics questions; review in NY Times Feb 2010)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Sequel, by Rebecca Skloot  (March 2013 opinion piece in NY Times)
"What is Science?" by Helen Quinn (comments on this article, published in Physics Today, July 2009)
Carbon Dreams by Susan M. Gaines (this 2001 "sci lit" novel offers insight into what doing science is like for a young woman researcher)
The Public Library of Science (online repository of peer reviewed papers) 
National Science Digital Library
Scientific American (website of long-time popular American science magazine)
Nature (website of a leading journal for publishing scientific research
60 second Science Podcasts (short video programs from Scientific American)
"Islam and Science: The Road to Renewal" (article from Jan 26 2013 issue of The Economist)
Scientific Method Flowchart
Science for All Americans (online book covering the basics of science, from AAAS)
Some Notes on the Nature of Science
An Introduction to Science
Philosophy of Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The National Center for Science Education ("working to keep evolution and climate science in public school science education")
Integrated Scientific Method
Popper and Kuhn on the Evolution of Science
Scientific Method and the Philosophy of Science
The Scientific Method Today, by Norman Edmund
The Myth of the Magical Scientific Method, by Terry Halwes
The Scientific Method in the Movie October Sky, by Alida Clarke
The Scientific Method (from mongoose metrics keyword call tracking)
quotes related to science
quotes from scientists

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