In my mind there are 2 very important rules when it comes to science and here they are:
- True science follows the evidence WHEREVER it leads.
- The science begins as soon as there is a question.
Historically the Scientific Method has begun with the observation of a natural phenomena from which we would formulate a Hypothesis. We would then set out to test that hypothesis with rigorous experimentation and if it holds up we would then formulate a Theory based on repeated validation of the results. If our results did not fully support our hypothesis then we would modify our hypothesis and once again test it and establish a Theory based on repeated validation of results.
Pretty simple no? Sadly this historical model of the Scientific Method is NOT what we have going on today in “science” (read Junk Science). Instead we have this model:
First we generate a theory based on government or university funding and we then ever so carefully craft our experiments to “prove” that our little theory is valid. We next write algorithms in order to automatically adjust our date so it meets government expectations. We then publish our paper but we rename our theory a hypothesis and we then pretend we have used the historical scientific method. We next hide our data and refuse any and all Freedom of Information requests because the LAST thing we want is valid PEER REVIEW!! We then silence (or at least marginalize) REAL scientists and claim the “science” behind our theory is “settled.” And this is how we make our little pet theory “valid” even though we know full well it is NOT 🙂
This is the CRAP science we have today! Science is no longer motivated by answering questions competently or by following the evidence wherever it may lead. Instead, “science” today is motivated by funding and no matter what we have to do to get it, no matter how much we have to spin our data, the object is to get the funding MONEY! And this is why we have so much JUNK CRAP SCIENCE today most of which is so preposterous that it’s actually LAUGHABLE!! And that’s exactly what I do when I read some of the studies coming out today. LAUGH! No proof whatsoever! No peer review unless they’re getting a piece of the dough! And anything that comes our contradictory is immediately ATTACKED, the researchers are marginalized, and the results are ever so quickly swept under that old, dark, STINKY musty carpet in the Museum of Farce! Just ask Dr Ketchum who did the Bigfoot DNA analysis as she and her colleagues were victims of this “new scientific method.” And she’s not alone! There are PLENTY of reputable scientists who follow the traditional Scientific Method who have been VICTIMIZED by the little MONEY NAZI’S who have stolen SCIENCE and turned it into nothing less than an ABSOLUTE FARCE!! What a shame.