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23-06-2012, 06:13 PM (This post was last modified: 23-06-2012 06:20 PM by Logisch.)
How to investigate using the scientific method
Any way but this way. But still..... entertaining.





On that note - What are the WORST methods you've seen used in scientific inquiry?
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23-06-2012, 06:54 PM
RE: How to investigate using the scientific method
Worst methods? Inherently biased experiments used to prove a certain result correct. Ignoring all the thousands of anomalies, and only focusing on the few vaguely correlated ones. Seen such methods used to prove various pseudoscience. They blind the public with "science", and the gullible ones buy it. Now that's science abuse.

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23-06-2012, 06:57 PM
RE: How to investigate using the scientific method
(23-06-2012 06:54 PM)robotworld Wrote:  Worst methods? Inherently biased experiments used to prove a certain result correct. Ignoring all the thousands of anomalies, and only focusing on the few vaguely correlated ones. Seen such methods used to prove various pseudoscience. They blind the public with "science", and the gullible ones buy it. Now that's science abuse.
Like psychic research.

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23-06-2012, 08:09 PM
RE: How to investigate using the scientific method
This happens far to often in the classroom. For example:

Teacher says something like, "We are going to learn Newton's second law today. It is F=MA, write it down and do this canned experiment that will show you everything you need to know."

Students hurry to get finished with canned experiment so they can visit for the left over class time. The whole time they are saying, "What do we do next?" and "What does the paper say?". They finished and have no idea what they did, what their results said, or what they calculated.

Teacher is shocked when students can't remember or apply Newton's second law to anything else they do in class.

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26-06-2012, 03:20 AM
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(23-06-2012 08:09 PM)Spivey May Wrote:  This happens far to often in the classroom. For example:

Teacher says something like, "We are going to learn Newton's second law today. It is F=MA, write it down and do this canned experiment that will show you everything you need to know."

Students hurry to get finished with canned experiment so they can visit for the left over class time. The whole time they are saying, "What do we do next?" and "What does the paper say?". They finished and have no idea what they did, what their results said, or what they calculated.

Teacher is shocked when students can't remember or apply Newton's second law to anything else they do in class.
I can't remember the source people tend to retain only 10% of what they learn. So you always have to do 90% more.

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26-06-2012, 11:43 AM
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(23-06-2012 08:09 PM)Spivey May Wrote:  This happens far to often in the classroom. For example:

Teacher says something like, "We are going to learn Newton's second law today. It is F=MA, write it down and do this canned experiment that will show you everything you need to know."

Students hurry to get finished with canned experiment so they can visit for the left over class time. The whole time they are saying, "What do we do next?" and "What does the paper say?". They finished and have no idea what they did, what their results said, or what they calculated.

Teacher is shocked when students can't remember or apply Newton's second law to anything else they do in class.
So familiar. I memorised the 3 laws from my textbook for O level. Fortunately I had a somewhat inquiring mind and got curious as to what the words and stuff actually meant Tongue But otherwise it was "raaaaark F=MA raaark".
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27-06-2012, 10:44 PM
RE: How to investigate using the scientific method
The worst method I've seen is when researchers side with the people who funded the research. One study found that 80% of papers surveyed had conclusions that magically agreed with their benefactors.
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