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Unformatted text preview: Observation Journal Mosaic 952-009 Spring 2011 Dr. Rebekah Zhuraw Folio 1 Assignment Overview: Observation and description of a phenomenon or group of phenomena is the first step of scientific method. From this, the second step, the formulation of a hypothesis to explain the phenomena, and the third step, predictions of further results based on this hypothesis, are derived. This then returns us to observation where experimental tests are performed to test the hypothesis. A theory is a confirmed hypothesis, but even a theory can eventually be disproved or found wanting to explain certain phenomena. In fact, according to Karl Popper, it’s meant to be! In this way scientific method has a relationship to Socratic method: its results are temporary way stations, while truth itself remains open-ended. “The gods did not reveal, from the beginning, all things to us; but in the course of time, through seeking, men find that which is better. But as for certain truth, no man has known it, nor will he know it; neither of the gods, nor yet of all things of which I speak. known it, nor will he know it; neither of the gods, nor yet of all things of which I speak....
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course IH 0952 taught by Professor Zhuraw during the Spring '11 term at Temple.
- Spring '11