Beginner's Guide to Scientific Method

ISBN-10: 1111305552
ISBN-13: 9781111305550
Edition: 4th 2012
Authors: Stephen S. Carey
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Book details

List price: $86.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Stephen Carey received his Ph.D. in logical theory and the history of logic from the University of Oregon. In addition to A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO SCIENTIFIC METHOD, he has also written THE USES AND ABUSES OF ARGUMENT. He currently teaches logic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. He is an avid tennis and pickleball player, and runs a marathon every year.

Preface
Science
Just What is Science?
Asking Why
Scientific Method
The Consequences of Science
Scientific Method in Daily Life
Things to Come
Exercises
Observation
Making Accurate Observations
Anomalous Phenomena
Observing Anomalies
The Burden of Proof
Concept Quiz
Exercises
Explanation
Explanation, Theory and Hypothesis
Causation
Correlation
Causal Mechanisms
Underlying Processes
Laws
Function
The Interdependence of Explanatory Methods
Rival Explanations and Ockham's Razor
Explanation and Description
Ultimate Explanations
Concept Quiz
Exercises
Experimentation
The Basic Method
Confirmation and Rejection
Designing a Good TeSt. Real World Experiments
How Not to Design a TeSt. Conceptual Vagueness
Testing Extraordinary Claims
Predictive Clarity
Bias and Expectation
Concept Quiz
Exercises
Establishing Causal Links
Causal Studies
Ruling Out Chance
Multiple Causal Factors
Randomized, Prospective and Retrospective Studies
Reading Between the Lines
Concept Quiz
Exercises
Fallacies In The Name Of Science
What is a Fallacy?
False Anomalies
Questionable Arguments by Elimination
Illicit Causal Inferences
Unsupported Analogies and Similarities
Untestable Explanations and Predictions
Empty Jargon
Ad Hoc Rescues
Exploiting Uncertainty
Science and Pseudoscience
Concept Quiz
Exercises
Further Reading
Index

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