Tagged: scientific method

In defence of observational science - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 24, 2016

Kathryn Snow, University of Melbourne Would you volunteer to become vegetarian for the next three decades for the sake of science? What if you were asked to run at least 50 kilometres per week, or live through a natural disaster? Granted, these are extreme requests. Researchers conducting randomised controlled trials often ask volunteers to make far smaller … Read More

Weaving knowledge to see the big picture - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Mar 23, 2016

Understanding holistically how the world works and our role in it helps us to make sustainable, long-term decisions. Many scientists work in a narrow field of research so need to collaborate across different disciplines to see the big picture. Yet indigenous knowledge is often overlooked. Dr Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Te Arawa) is a specialist in Earth system science and integrating Māori indigenous … Read More

When Marketing Trumps Science - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Mar 06, 2015

Recently I’ve run across a couple of New Zealand companies that sell therapeutic products – one a weight loss pill, the other a jet lag drink – that seem to put marketing first and let science take the back seat. This is by no means new behaviour, but I want to use them as examples […] … Read More

The Scientific Method On TV - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 29, 2013

Last week Michael Edmonds asked “Which TV Show Best Demonstrates the Scientific Method?” Various shows where suggested such as CSI and NCIS. Bones made an appearance in the comments as one show that exhibits a fair amount of pseudoscience along with it’s “real” science. House was praised for it’s attention to hypothesis generation and testing. [&hellip … Read More

Which TV Show Best Demonstrates the Scientific Method? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 25, 2013

A number of TV shows incorporate aspects of science into their story lines, some more successfully than others. I’m interested in reader’s opinions of which show(s) best demonstrate the scientific method? CSI, Sherlock, Elementary, NCIS, Big Bang Theory or something else….. What’s your pick for the best (and perhaps the worst) demonstration of the scientific method?     … Read More

Who is guilty of misusing science? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 17, 2013

I know someone is going to accuse me of “scientism” for this. But I guess that goes with the science blogger’s job – and it’s a diversion anyway. It will hardly be the first time. What I want to dispute … Continue reading → … Read More