What are the irreducible Components of the Scientific Enterprise?
In this essay the author argues that many scientists (and laymen
also) have come to take a narrow view of what constitutes science. They
would exclude as "unscientific" observations that do not include a falsifiable
theory with predictions testable and repeatable in laboratory experiments. In
contrast, the author contends that science is more an attitude than a method.
The attitude is one of testing interpretations of observed phenomena against
further observations until one interpretation emerges as the best. Unfortu-
nately, judgments about the best interpretation vary greatly, and scientists
with new ideas and new observations must often overcome biases in their
colleagues before their work becomes accepted as scientific.