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Unformatted text preview: The Nature of Science-The scientific method allows us to declare our conclusions to be probable to the point where it is reasonable to treat them as factual-Scientific open mindedness is the willingness to consider proper evidence and possible revise our theories-It is NOT the unquestioning acceptance of any possibility in the absence of evidence The Research Process-Scientific research is a technical refinement of one of the ways that we naturally think: the way that is commonly called rational-Ask a question/specify a problem-Carefully and systematically make a relevant observations-Form a hypothesis-Draw the most logical conclusions based on all the observations-Test the hypothesis with the date-The evidence obtained should be replicable-Formulate a theory by relating the supported hypothesis.-Test the theory Scientific Theory-Science aims to produce theories or models that enable us to understand and make predictions about the world Falsifiability-In the 1960s the philosopher Karl Popper argued that repeated confirmations can...
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This document was uploaded on 10/26/2011 for the course SOC 106 at Rutgers.
- Fall '08