March 22, 2021

Beginner's Guide to the Scientific Method

Any number of people who assure you they Love Science actually don't. They don't like being contradicted by facts, they don't like having to give up a beautiful internal story because it doesn't match those facts, and they really don't like having to say "I don't know."

A pity, really, because science begins that way. They just left out the important part at the end... "I don't know. Let's find out!"

It's not just the standard Observation, Measurement, Theory, and Validation. That's the start of it. The theory does have to match the observed phenomena, true. But the fun part comes when you start poking around the implications of your now validated theory. What does it predict, and can you measure that? Does it still work?

Oftentimes a theory will need some tweaking or modification. If it survives another round of validation, it is often tossed to friends to play with like a chew toy because if friends don't find the weaknesses your enemies definitely will!

But all that is generally known. What is less likely to be known and understood is falsifiability. A theory must be able to be disproven, or it is magic and not science.

A) "Little green men live on the surface of Mars". Falsifiable. If you were to search the entire surface of Mars, and you don't find a single little green man, the theory is incorrect.

B) "Little green men live on the surface of Mars, but they are invisible and undetectable." How can you prove this theory false?

Take a current progressive punching bag these days, racism. Specifically, the theory that white people are all racists. Note how the shrieking starts when progressives are asked what would be proof of non-racist thinking? Can't be, according to them. A theory that is not falsifiable. It's magic, or religion, but it certainly isn't science.

And science isn't just about rockets and computers. Logical thought, proof, all of this is the foundation and strength of the legal system. Which is why it is important to keep hammering home the truth; if it can't be proven wrong, it has no business in law. The more the progressives try to shove critical race theory into the mainstream and into regulation the more we should push back and point out the two systems can't coexist.