Sunday, June 29, 2008

Seems that the rumors of the death of the Scientific Method are greatly exaggerated.

John Timmer, Science Editor over at Ars Technica wrote a little rebuttal piece titled “Why the cloud cannot obscure the scientific method” against the article by EIC Chris Anderson that appeared online at Wired’s website.

I liked the way he started the article which captured by attention right away:

Every so often, someone (generally not a practicing scientist) suggests that it's time to replace science with something better.

Just for the record (and because I check to see what his creds were) here is his bio from the website.

John got a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry (yes, that's possible) from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He's done over a decade's worth of research in genetics and developmental biology at places like Cornell Medical College and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In addition to being Ars' science content wrangler, John still teaches at Cornell and does freelance writing, editing, and programming, often with a scientific focus. When physically separated from his keyboard, John tends to respond by seeking out a volleyball court, bicycle, or a scenic location for communing with his hiking boots.

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