A Scientific Method

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Politics has a strangle-hold on science. You can’t get a straight scientific idea out of some so-called scientists because they fear their peers. They fear being on the wrong side of a political rally, so they spin their scientific hypotheses like a politician spins an apology into a non-apology. When scientists are swayed by public issues they cease to be scientists and start to be sycophantic chumps. Ex-scientists who push “climate change the agenda,” for instance. Why any scientist would fear weather, and start telling people to run for cover, is an issue for their individual therapists. If they want to shout scare tactics, probably they should join a television news team and drop their scientist title. They could then start spewing trendy doomsday cliches as if they were a drunk hippie preacher. They might gain the public trust if they did this, but they would still lose the critical thinkers who may have once supported them.

Logic invites more logic.

The illogical, however, is like a magnet pair set to opposite poles: repellent.

Here’s my formula for a scientific method. I don’t force-feed it to anyone, but I’m not ashamed to share it either.

First: doubt; skepticism encourages the intellect, while swift acceptance kills it. Second: research; because the work may have already been done. Third: experiment; record all data, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Fourth: start over; did you think you were going to draw a conclusion already? Doubting your own findings is the ultimate test of your honesty.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, five screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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