Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Scientific Method

According to a recent National Science Foundation study, over 70% of Americans do not understand what the scientific method is.  What is more common, however, is belief in pseudoscience and myth. This shouldn't be too surprising since the scientific method is somewhat non-intuitive while pseudoscience and myth come natural to us; scientific education in the US is poor compared to many other developed nations; and because humans are beleaguered by a slew of cognitive biases that can distort our perception of reality.

Here's a great video explaining what the scientific method is, what it is not, and some of the problems it's up against:

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