The Scientific Method as Told by a Not Scientist
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So as most people know, I am not in any way, shape, or form, a scientist, but a journalist who prefers to turn words into something silly instead of actual journalizing. Today, I bring you... the method by which science goes by!



State the question, any question! Some people think the question has to be logical, but that’s the beauty of this first rule; it doesn’t! As long as you ask something that is materially testable, you’ve given birth to science!

Background Checking: Next, you’ll want to do a bit of background checking- see if some other schmuck thought of your idea first. If what you ask is totally unique, awesome! If not; well I’m sure you have a neater desk than that guy, and you can totally rip off of his work!

Hypo… Thesis! Once you’ve gathered up what measly bits of info you managed to scrounge up from the bowels of the internet, you can form a hypothesis. In this case, I’m assuming hypo means big. It’s not fast though. That would be hyperthesis. Anyway, what this means is that you assume that if say, you drew a cowboy, it is likely that said cowboy will attack an Indian if one is drawn next to it. Be sure to leave a side note that states in these words "If not whatever epiphany I came up with, then all my hard work gets to be sucked into wikipedia's event horizon, unlikely to reach the world again as anything but a coherent beam of one part my words and a million parts everyone else's."

Experimentation: Now we get to play mad scientist! This part is all about experiments- where the Indian gets to intrude upon the cowboy’s paper. If the two start hitting each other, you get to move on to the next step! In the presumably likely chance this doesn’t happen, just spin back to your hypothesis, and give it another go!


Analyzing Data: If you’ve managed to make it this far with the aforementioned experiment, congratulations! You’re success in this experiment is an anomaly to our current understanding of the universe, so dust off that trophy shelf and overdraw your account on a tailored silk Traveler’s suit because you’re about to receive so many Nobel prizes, the people who make them will have to open up a Nobel prize factory to handle the sheer volume of prizes you’ll be getting. Before you pass out in a torrent of your own bodily fluids though, just remember that you have to analyze all your data. That means gathering up all the notes you took for the purpose of pouring over them to make sure everything adds up. If it does, now you can buy that silk suit. However, in the likely event that the experiment bore no fruit, you’ll be happy to know that you still get to move forward and backwards! Not only do you get to move on to the last step, but your wrong data will live on as extra background information for the next guy who tries out the same idea. Either way, your name is immortal now, and that’s something to drink to.

Communicating Your Results: This last bit in the basic stream of experimenting is called, well, exactly what the title says. This is good no matter which side of the experiment you come out on because saying you’re right almost always feels good, and owning up to your wrongdoing shows that you have a bigger pair of gonads, wherever they may lie, than most members of society.
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I think someone just came back from Bio 101.
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

I think someone just came back from Bio 101.


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I believe that's what they also do in court trials. Both parties, the prosecutor and the defendant, follow the same procedure.


I think we do this without our knowing in our daily lives.

Well, there's also trial and error. Or swing and a miss.
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Under Hypo… Thesis! please indicate how you plan to disprove your hypothesis.
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Here's my scientific method. Breaking Physics. Allow me to show you how.
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Here's my scientific method. Breaking Physics. Allow me to show you how.
Does this have anything to do with Breaking Bad?
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FlyinDumpling wrote:


NintendoFan05 wrote:

Here's my scientific method. Breaking Physics. Allow me to show you how.
Does this have anything to do with Breaking Bad?


eeeehh.. Maybe. lol. xD
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Wihl wrote:

Under Hypo… Thesis! please indicate how you plan to disprove your hypothesis.


Girl, I aint no scientist.
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I'm keeping this as a reference for my IB HL Biology class, haha
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For nonexperts, you don't really require any "background checking" before you do an experiment. In fact, it's a lot more fun to simply jump into it right away. I mean, who wants to know the answer before doing anything ? You'll most likely spoil the experiment for yourself and certainly no one enjoys spoilers. Looking up external resources for additional insight is usually best done after you've done all the thinking you could do for yourself! Also, don't think the hypothesis needs to be anything fancy, it's simply what YOU (not wikipedia) think will happen and why you think that is so

OP also forgot to mention the "conclusion" or the "day of reckoning" part which is actually the whole point of the experiment
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