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This concise yet comprehensive guide provides an introduction to the scientific method of inquiry. You will not only learn about the proper conduct of science but also how to recognize and question factors such as pseudoscience, untestable explanations and fallacies. Compact enough to be used as a supplementary book, yet comprehensive enough in its coverage to be used as a core book, this book assists users in using the scientific method to design and assess experiments.
Table of Contents
|Just What is Science?|
|The Consequences of Science|
|Scientific Method in Daily Life|
|Things to Come|
|Making Accurate Observations|
|The Burden of Proof|
|Explanation, Theory and Hypothesis|
|The Interdependence of Explanatory Methods|
|Rival Explanations and Ockham's Razor|
|Explanation and Description|
|The Basic Method|
|Confirmation and Rejection|
|Designing a Good TeSt. Real World Experiments|
|How Not to Design a TeSt. Conceptual Vagueness|
|Testing Extraordinary Claims|
|Bias and Expectation|
|Establishing Causal Links|
|Ruling Out Chance|
|Multiple Causal Factors|
|Randomized, Prospective and Retrospective Studies|
|Reading Between the Lines|
|Fallacies In The Name Of Science|
|What is a Fallacy?|
|Questionable Arguments by Elimination|
|Illicit Causal Inferences|
|Unsupported Analogies and Similarities|
|Untestable Explanations and Predictions|
|Ad Hoc Rescues|
|Science and Pseudoscience|
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