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Thoughts on the “scientific method”: part 1 – ignorance through inconsistency


  • Michael R. Powers


Purpose - In this two-part series, the editorial aims to consider the role of the “scientific method” in human understanding, questioning both its consistency in actual practice and its reasonableness as a philosophy of action. Design/methodology/approach - In Part 1, the editorial provides a generic description of the “scientific method” and identifies a number of inconsistencies in the way it is applied. Findings - In Part 1, it is argued that inconsistencies in applying the “scientific method” may lead researchers to ignore important phenomena. Originality/value - The two-part series challenges certain aspects of the “scientific method” as employed in the practice of modern science.

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  • Michael R. Powers, 2007. "Thoughts on the “scientific method”: part 1 – ignorance through inconsistency," Journal of Risk Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 8(3), pages 209-213, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:jrfpps:v:8:y:2007:i:3:p:209-213

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