Feb9 - T h e S C IE N T IF IC M E T H O D Gain confidence...

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The SCIENTIFIC METHOD HYPOTHESIS EXPERIMENT Any Any Motivation Motivation DOES EXPERIMENT AGREE WITH DATA? NO YES Revise Hypothesis or get a new one Gain confidence in Hypothesis IMPLICATIONS IN ESSENCE, SCIENCE IS LOOKING FOR THE IDEA THAT BEST MATCHES THE EVIDENCE - Science is an ‘Evidence-ocracy’, the data is paramount THE NATURE OF SCIENCE IS TO KEEP CHECKING, TESTING, RETESTING, TRIPLE-CHECKING… - You keep going through the loops, there is no ‘STOP’ box. THERE IS NO BOX FOR “PROVEN” - But, you can have so many critical tests that your confidence in an idea can get very high (perhaps far past the bet-your-life confidence level). MOTIVATIONS ARE IRRELEVENT - Science results are independent of politics or economics or personalities.
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HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE DO WE HAVE IN THE IDEA THAT SOLAR MODELS ARE CORRECT IN DETAIL (c . 1960) ? • THE PHYSICS IS ALL WELL KNOWN • BUT MODEL CONSTRUCTED TO MATCH THE OBSERVABLE PROPERTIES OF SUN, SO THE MATCH IS NOT A TEST CLASSWORK #8 Question #1:
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