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Asteroids, Polar Bear Cannibalism Lead to Global Warming, or, uh, Something Bad

Steven668 Wrote: Feb 16, 2013 3:35 AM
The scientific method has several well defined steps. 1. See something interesting. 2. Make up a story about it. 3. Change or embellish the story to make it sound more plausible. 4. Try things out to see if the story explains anything real. 5. Throw the ridiculous fantasy out and start over, or publish the story, along with all supporting experimental and theoretical data, as a possible fact. Some sciences are better at verifying their stories than others, and some stories seem to be extremely useful, but we are still basically making up stories to explain the mysterious world around us. As long as we don't skip any steps, we end up with some pretty reliable stories. Going straight to publication from Step2 is where we run into trouble.
Science Avenger Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 8:33 AM

Exhibit A that you people are completely ignorant of how science works. Great irony, since you are propogating your ignorance on a machine whose functions depend on scientific findings to work. You're like people sitting at an airport arguing that planes can't fly.
evie10 Wrote: Feb 16, 2013 9:22 AM
exactly - especially with Disco-Stu's additional step.
Disco Stu_ Wrote: Feb 16, 2013 7:36 AM
Forgetting somewhere between steps 3 and 4: Collect open-ended government grant funding.


The most pathetic part of the whole episode was that I knew that I would find it is soon as I saw the headlines and read the stories.

“A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday,” reported Reuters, “sending fireballs crashing to earth which shattered windows and damaged buildings, injuring more than 500 people. People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave, according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 950 miles east of Moscow.”

While reading headlines about...