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You Just Described The Scientific Process

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Posted by Mario Dovalina on July 28, 2001 00:57:21 UTC

"I object to being called an acolyte for Dick."

Yeah, sorry about that, I didn't mean any offense. When I do, you'll usually know it. It was a bad quasi-joke.

"I was quite surprised that by age 30 or something there was little of any value in science for me to learn.... The thing that bothers me has nothing to do with science in particular, it has to do with people's attutide regarding knowledge in general.....avoid as many assumptions as you can, and be very careful about those you can't. Define your problem correctly, don't miss any details. Then watch the solution drop out by itself."

Well, as far as I can tell that is the trial and error by guess and by golly method that Dick spends so much time attacking. Maybe I'm misreading you. But what you just described, the attempted purity of logic in science, is the ultimate goal of scientific research. And it is attained through trial and error.

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