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With notable exceptions,Man’s knowledge of the universe has greatly benefited Man. Knowledge of the universe really means knowledge of the reality in which we human beings exists. In fact, Man’s survivability and continuous enhancement in quality of living has been historically dependent on the accumulation of knowledge in such diverse areas as crop and food production, electronics and communication, physical and mental health care, transportation, building construction, public and private education, and many other areas. Knowledge of the universe will become increasingly crucial in the future with a rapidly growing population and depletion of resources. Many new areas where knowledge is critical will evolve. Man will require knowledge that is trustworthy, reliable, and visible to all Men. Knowledge that benefits Man is defined by Man and thus exists in multiple categories. A few typical top level categories include theological, philosophical, scientific, and psychological. The nuclear bomb and the 9-11-2001 tower collapses are examples of the perversion of knowledge.
As reality becomes increasingly complex, the explanatory power of knowledge will also expand rapidly.
Unfortunately, Man’s ability to acquire reliable knowledge with minimal error bias is a well-known difficult problem of philosophy. Firstly, all raw data are received through our senses and filtered by relatively poor sensory system resolution. Secondly, the filtered raw data is interrelated by our mind where interpretation errors are easily possible. Thirdly, the extent the raw data actually represents the external world is not known. All data observations are based on human experience and ideas, theories, and relationships created by Man are said to be empirical. The methodology found to be most useful for creating the most reliable knowledge is known as the scientific method.
Generation of reliable knowledge has also been problematic from a historical perspective. Methods have been authoritarian, mystical, logic-rational, and scientific. The principal distinction among these is the manner in which each vests confidence in the producer of the information that is alleged to be true, in the procedure by which the knowledge was produced, and the effect of the knowledge. The scientific method deliberately and systematically eliminates the first three previously mentioned sources and it also successfully eliminates the individual scientist. Instead, of a single scientist dominated, it would be highly desirable to eliminate all producer, procedure, and effect biases to the maximum extent possible
The elements of the scientific methodology are presented in the Table 1 below: The scientific method constitutes the rules whereby consensus agreement among a group of individuals about specific images of the world is reached. The methodological rules of the scientific process strives to eliminate the individual’s biases, not by an impossible effort to substitute excessive objectivity into the problem situation, but by substituting rules for criticism, debate, and, utilization agreement. Whatever method is adopted, it should not limit progress in that area.
All theories developed under a given paradigm require a statement of assumptions.
Validation of all new theories, developed using the scientific method rules, is ultimately performed by a collection of Men.
Table 1. Elements of the Scientific Methodology
Observations of data patterns
Statement of assumptions
Hypothesis formulation and testing
Theory formulation and testing
Peer review and journal acceptance/publication
Scientists use new theory instead of old theory
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