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    This is a science forum.

    It was created for the purpose that members may post articles and news about phenomenon that is testable by modern science.

    If anyone does not understand how modern science (the scientific method) operates, here is a link that explains the steps:

    http://www.sciencebuddies.org/scienc...c_method.shtml

    The key step is #4 "Test with an experiment". These tests are looking for data that can justify whether the tested hypothesis can be proven on empirical grounds or not.

    Empirical data is key, because it is observable by all humans and after the conducted experiment, can be used to make theories that have predictive power about the phenomenon being tested.

    Another important part of the scientific method is controlling for variables. For example, if you're testing a bomb's explosive power, you'll need to keep outside pressure pressure. If you're testing for how fast an apple rots, you'll need to keep temperature constant. All of this singling out of tested variables is so that you can observe how they truly work on their own first, and then you can bring in the extra conditions like changes in outside pressure or temperature to account for how they work outside the lab.

    Proving something on empirical grounds is VERY different from just theoretical speculation, the latter system's barriers being dictated by how far one can grammatically reason about an imagined concept that is not guaranteed at all to be congruent with how things operate in the observable world. Therefore, theoretical speculation should begin and end with making a hypothesis, until you have your empirical results and can formulate a conclusion. Now that you are standing on some scientifically steady ground after conducting your experiment, you can ask more questions and make new hypotheses to test. A good scientist is someone who follows this protocol.

    If the phenomenon you wish to post is not verifiable by testing on empirical grounds, then it is not scientific and earns the dreadful name of "pseudo-science". Pseudo-science is not appropriate for this forum and will be deleted without notice.

    So before you make a new thread or response, please make sure you are not about to post pseudo-science. Also ask yourself, "Is what I'm about to post good science: Did the scientists who came to these conclusions ask enough questions about the object of their research? Did they control for variables effectively?".

    Thanks for reading and have fun posting.
    Last edited by jgk3; 07-07-2009, 06:43 AM.
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