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Science--Methodology; Observation (Scientific method)


The question "Is there a well defined scientific method?" can be answered in three ways: by referring to existing discourse on the nature of method; by pointing to concrete examples in which the method is applied in real life situations; and by creating a taxonomy of the behavioral and psychological operations that constitute the scientific process. The last way was proposed as the most fruitful of the three. Two major classes of operations and their subclasses were discussed, along with operations of thought and behavior that are antithetical to scientific method. The importance of the psychologist's contribution to answering philosophical questions that are ultimately based on human behavior and cognition was stressed.

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