I initially mixed up the concept of scientific method, hypothesis, theory…so it took me a while to fully understand them. So the scientific method can be summarized into:
- Testing (experiment): repeat.
- Theory formed
And, the scientific method can be applied to almost every field.
Science is best defined as a careful, disciplined, logical search for knowledge about any and all aspects of the universe, obtained by examination of the best available evidence and always subject to correction and improvement upon discovery of better evidence. What’s left is magic. And it doesn’t work. -James Randi
I disagree with part of this quote-‘magic’. Of course science is an important field and scientific method can be applied to a lot of fields. However, referring to all the areas other than science as ‘magic’ seems to be too much of an overgeneralization. But James Randi’s definition acknowledged me of the nature of science which is ‘always subject to correction and improvement’. I’ve previously thought that science was quite steadfast field in which previously accepted theories or notions are less likely to undergo changes; but thinking about it again, not only science but every field is subject to changes if there is better evidence.
Also, I believe that scientific method can be adapted to almost every field, but does have certain limits. For example, the ‘date’ example that we’ve seen in class, scientific method can be applied to it and theory can be formed. However, theory is something that is reproducible and repeatable. If someone else saw this ‘theory’ and forms a hypothesis that the same guy will accept her date, it will not necessarily be repeatable. So even though parts of the scientific method are applicable to different areas, it is mainly for the formation of theories based on logical evidences in science.