How to adopt scientific approach in writing
There are lots of challenges to deal we encounter throughout our life. One makes a decision based on own experience and knowledge. But what if we don’t have that experience and have no one around to ask for advice? In such cases, it is important to learn how to obtain, sift and utilize the information we get from the environment, books, researches, the Internet.
It is also possible you already have experience in dealing with small problems using the scientific method. In this case, you just need to tell us how you did it, according to the following instructions. The contemporary scientific method that was introduced by Karl Popper implies an application of empirical falsification. According to the empirical falsification, any scientific conclusion cannot be proven unless it is falsified and scrutinized so to say. There are three pieces of advice you can follow should you adopt the scientific approach in your writing.
Step 1: Choosing a problem
It can be any question the answer to which you want to know. Perhaps you have such questions at work: how customers will react to a change, how the changes influence effectiveness. A good source of questions is computer games: the best strategies, choice of paths, and so on.
Any hobby can provoke the following questions: Will a dish taste differently if you change an ingredient, whether the training efficiency increase at a certain behavior change, etc.
You can also explore what is happening around yourself: the behavior of animals, public transport etc.
Step 2: Problem description
During this stage you should describe the problem of your choice, what are you going to contemplate/investigate. Describe your observations, form a hypothesis based on the results of observations.
Step 3: Description of experiments conducted/imaginary conducted
Describe two experiments you would like to spend to solve your problem. It would be ideal, (although not always necessarily) if you really had a chance to conduct at least one of such experiment. For each experiment, describe:
- The sequence of actions that you would like to take
- The hypothesis which you are verifying in the experiment
Interpretation of the results: what are the possible outcomes of your experiment, what they mean for your hypothesis and how you modify the hypothesis in the case if the experiment is going to happen that way.
Lucky you if the instructions of your professor to conduct the experiment in the reality. In these case, you don’t end up making up hastily the results of your experiments and what kind of assumptions turned out to be true.