Richard Feynman Explains the Scientific Method

Mick West

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Any good debunker should watch this, and understand everything he's saying, and have a goal of being explain it to believers in bunk.


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"It's a kind of scientific integrity,
a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of
utter honesty--a kind of leaning over backwards. For example, if
you're doing an experiment, you should report everything that you
think might make it invalid--not only what you think is right about
it: other causes that could possibly explain your results; and
things you thought of that you've eliminated by some other
experiment, and how they worked--to make sure the other fellow can
tell they have been eliminated."
(Adapted from the Caltech commencement address given in 1974.)
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If I were to be asked, "Do you have any heroes ?", Feynman would rest at the top. Not because I consider him the most brilliant, but I find him the the most human, the most approachable. He's the commonsense theoretical physicist guy.
"Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman" ought to be required reading.
This PBS video covers his wackiness and seriousness very well.....

Carl Sagan, also approachable, but explains here that he is "an opponent to the idea of heroes, on the grounds that there is the sense that (while) the heroes are off doing impossibly great things that the rest of us can't do, and in a way justifies us not doing anything."