Sobre a existência e a exclusividade do método científico

sábado, agosto 16, 2014

Biological Theory

September 2014, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 331-346,

Open Access

Date: 02 Apr 2014

On the Existence and Uniqueness of the Scientific Method

Jorge Wagensberg


The ultimate utility of science is widely agreed upon: the comprehension of reality. But there is much controversy about what scientific understanding actually means, and how we should proceed in order to gain new scientific understanding. Is there a method for acquiring new scientific knowledge? Is this method unique and universal? There has been no shortage of proposals, but neither has there been a shortage of skeptics about these proposals. This article proffers for discussion a potential scientific method that aspires to be unique and universal and is rooted in the recent and ancient history of scientific thinking. Curiously, conclusions can be inferred from this scientific method that also concern education and the transmission of science to others.

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