. . . The Master Method of Knowledge

Characteristics of The Scientific Method:
Name Denotes stages, procedural theories and the system of science.
Purpose & ObjectiveTo obtain, refine, extend and apply knowledge through problem origination, prevention, solution and challenge of solution. Curiosity, a healthy skepticism, etc. finds the problem.
Division of Method The master method of all human knowledge methods.
Stages The general pattern of the major types of mental activity usually aided by physical actions.
Sequential There are 11 major stages that are sequential and progressive. These stages are arranged in order of usual use but may be followed with flexibly.
Repeatable Stages are so basic and repeatable that they are not likely to change.
Range Universal to all nature and human activity.
Reliability Factor Most reliable of all knowledge methods.
Application Usually follow techniques, procedural principles and theories, high personal attributes and thinking skills of the research communities. Flexibility or “anything goes” is often essential.

The Value of Method

In the Concept of Method, Justus Buchler (1985) refers to the common expression “the power of a method.” Every day you constantly use methods and this report will help you better use the power of a method to improve your problem solving ability.

Without method, we are left with chance. Chance is the opposite of method and we would have a very disorganized world without methods and techniques. But, what is “Method”? Unfortunately method is a very ambiguous word. It’s so ambiguous that it has been widely misused and misinterpreted in the fields of science and knowledge.

There is no better example of the power of a method than the results produced by the scientific method throughout the development of modern civilization. I did a search of the literature on the value of method. This is what various authors emphasize:

The Advantages of Method
Clarifies our thoughts Uses human potential
Ends aimless wandering Aids in transfer of learning
Guides us to new knowledge Trains for change and innovation
Helps ideas gather shape Is a repeatable procedure
Organizes our thoughts Encourages thinking


The Opposite of Method is Chance
Wasted time
Quick fixes
Wrong analysis
Wasted energy
Haphazard guesses
Wandering aimlessly
No Solutions
Mistakes and errors
Confusion
Misdirection

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