Welcome to Science Withteeth
One thing I intend to do with this series is get into the nitty gritty of what science actually is, and how unclear that actually is. To do that it is important to discuss the methods that compose much of science.
More importantly though the scientific method, is poorly understood. I’m sure anyone with a basic science education has seen charts like the following.
These a great little over views a good way to explain the basic way science works, but generally you don’t revisit this idea unless your get into the second or third year of university. Let me tell you that while this is a good learning tool it’s does not actually tell you much at all. So rather then just assuming people understand the scientific method I’m going to examine what each point means, and how a scientist might go about creating or finding a question, or procedures.
The next post will be about where do scientific questions come from? Where do us scientists get our ideas from.
If you have any ideas you’d like me to examine comment below and I’ll start making a list.
June 4th, 2015 at 1:30 am
Nice idea! I’m going to keep an eye out for future posts!
June 3rd, 2015 at 6:53 pm
don’t know if you’ve had the chance to read Jerry Coyne’s new book “Fact vs Faith” but he has a great analysis of how to consider science. Looking forward to your posts as usual.
June 3rd, 2015 at 6:47 pm
Ahhhh please consider changing your terminology from “THE scientific method,” to “science inquiry.” This is the acceptable term in the literature nowadays to recognize that not all scientific endeavors follow this rigid set of steps. (Think social science, medicine, etc.) I like how you used “methods” at the beginning! Other than that tiny thing, I’m definitely looking forward to this!
June 3rd, 2015 at 9:21 pm
Well I’m not sure if this was meant to be take as a friendly suggestion or not, but yes I aware of that and I’ll consider your use of terminology for future posts, but I figure most people wouldn’t be familiar with the literature so I’ll probably continue to use terminology that the layperson might recognize.
June 7th, 2015 at 7:55 pm
I’m teaching the 18-22 year olds SI from my end, so let’s work on getting the adults to the same level together, eh? Definitely was a friendly suggestion, I completely understand that tone is lost over the internet though 🙂
June 7th, 2015 at 10:16 pm
Yes educating the masses requires a group effort ;). SI as in SI units?
June 8th, 2015 at 10:35 am
SI as in scientific inquiry 🙂
June 3rd, 2015 at 4:59 pm
Great idea. I am looking forward to your posts.