The Scientific Method

So, what is the scientific method? Michael Shermer, editor at Skeptic Magazine, points out that "Science is the best tool ever devised for understanding how the world works." In its essence, the scientific method refers to a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting errors in previous knowledge.

As the science fiction author, Isaac Asimov points out, science is a mechanism. It’s a way of trying to improve your knowledge of nature, it’s a system for testing your thoughts against the universe and seeing whether they match. Carl Sagan adds that Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.

Perhaps the brilliant physicist, Richard Feynman, said it best: "The foremost character of science is intellectual honesty. It's fidelity in thought. It's about ignoring wants or fears and acknowledging what is true. Whatever clarifies the truth is science, whatever obfuscates the truth is dogma."