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The end of the standard scientific method?

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ReneCardenas
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ReneCardenas   6/27/2011 3:03:50 PM
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Mr. Linares, far from reality. Please name us a few of your examples where an authoritarian ruler was able to establish a truthful progress of science (?), you may be confusing political rule and control of masses as search for truth (sic). Have you ever heard of Socrates, Plato, & other Greek thinkers among the great or how about Babylonian astronomers that started to comprehend the universe and predictive planetary system. Both Western and Eastern cultures have progressed beyond what you are quoting! By my calculations there are at least 26 centuries of human development around the scientific method, just to remind you of OUR human achievements.

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Guillermo.Linares   9/7/2010 7:53:08 AM
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"scientific method...has been used for a thousand years" Really? I would put it down to a couple of centuries. For the most part of history authority was the path to truth. And that is still the case in many parts of the world.

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JChMathae   9/6/2010 7:37:23 AM
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There are other scientific domains where experiments are for centuries replaced by data gathering: like astronomy, paleontology...

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antiquus   9/3/2010 6:23:35 PM
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Please rest assured that the scientific method is safe and sound, regardless of the amount of data that is accumulated prior to forming an hypothesis. Your definition of "sudden thought" is the definition of a guess -- well measured theories are not guesses, but are instead a trend and pattern analysis that (for the moment) can only be achieved by living human brain. While many theories may appear to start as guesses, they are almost certainly educated guesses. Some individuals are adept at subliminal analysis, and if these same people are also adept at describing and communicating their understanding, they move the forefront of their field. The true measure of a theory is its predictive analysis. Anyone can draw a trend line, but providing an underlying model that properly extrapolates and predicts new situations is what establishes theory as law. This will be true independent of the amount of data in that original trend pool.

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