scientific method

noun

Definition of scientific method 

: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses

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This shift paralleled a transformation in medical thinking during the 1890s, when American physicians increasingly embraced the scientific method. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 John Ioannidis, a Stanford medical school professor who specializes in scientific methods, wrote in an essay in the journal PLoS Medicine. Eric Roston, Bloomberg.com, "EPA Plan for Transparency in Science Alarms Industry, Too," 6 June 2018 Yes, flat-Earthers do seem to place a lot of emphasis and priority on scientific methods and, in particular, on observable facts. Harry T Dyer / The Conversation, Ars Technica, "I watched an entire Flat Earth Convention for my research—here’s what I learned," 6 May 2018 Other historians have given credit to experimenters who pioneered the scientific method, or astronomers like Galileo or Kepler. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Did Math Kill God?," 27 Apr. 2018 Once upon a time, right now, in a country called the United States of America, science was taking a beating from people who misunderstood or simply did not like science, scientists or the scientific method. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "An answer to the anti-science crowd, ‘Nova Wonders’ on PBS ponders big questions in a changing world," 25 Apr. 2018 There is a scientific method, requiring expensive equipment and thermal cameras. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Months after Harvey, see how the bat colony is faring at Waugh bridge," 17 Apr. 2018 Please explain the scientific method to this freaking neanderthal. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "13 Threats to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, Ranked," 11 Apr. 2018 For people consuming rightward media, truth is not the stuff of fact checks and scientific method. Lee Drutman, New Republic, "Learning to Trust Again," 23 Feb. 2018

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scientific method

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Medical Definition of scientific method 

: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses

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