So there’s a few flowcharts of the Scientific Method.
Which one’s the right one?
(I mean Google “scientific method flowchart” if you wanna go hog-wild)
In no particular order, here’s a semi-random sample
- the Encyclopedia Britannica one:
2. There’s this from this University of California Berkeley site:
(and at the site above, if you click on each of the circles, more detail appears; it’s kinda fractal)
But there’s also a Disclaimer about that one above:
“1. Grant No. EAR-0624436. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).”Source: https://undsci.berkeley.edu/about.php
3. This one from this site
And I’ve often used this one:
And recently created this model:
But anyway, which one’s THE Scientific Method (?)
And I can’t stand Feyerabend (Against Method, and all that guff). He cherry-picked random bad examples, proving only that: you can of course do things the hard, long, roundabout, complicated way, but that doesn’t change that there’s a simple, easy way to do the method (or, the algorithm).
Anyway this is a good example of: cultural evolution.
(See my P3 of EC book, forthcoming)
The SVT algorithm in cultural evolution: Selection (of the method), Variation (see those Variations, above, for example!), and Transmission (they’ve all been published someplace, what’s more, I’m now re-transmitting / re- publishing them here, as a comparative study).
…Anyway, how to judge this?
And as the great D K Simonton once said: Who judges the judges?
Seems to me it’s dealer’s choice.
Q: How to get consensus on this thing.
…Thanks for reading!
aka `Velikovsky of Newcastle’
Information Scientist & Evolutionary Culturologist
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