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What is the starting point of scientific inquiry?


Question asked by: knowitall

The starting point of scientific enquiry is to look to and observe the world around us.

Based on this so-called empirical evidence, we then start to make predictions about why something happens or what would happen if we did so-and-so (hypothesise).

The key to scientific inquiry is that everything is verified through actual experiment - empirical observation. If this is not possible then we move more into the realms of philosophy than science.

The key is that the results of an experiment can either support, modify or disprove a hypothesis, and we end up building a model to explain observed behaviour in the world. This may stay over time or eventually get rejected as it is proved false or a more compelling model comes along - one that either better models and/or explains the observed results.

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