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# What is scientific investigation?

Hello John

If and when you have some time in future, could you write a paper with a broad scope for readership that explains what should be the nature of scientific investigation, 21st century and onwards? In light of recent theories in physics with no backing from experimental data or any hope of backing for experimental data in future, our minds are wondering then what is a "sound theory".

Dara

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This sounds too hard for me. I prefer to focus on specific projects and try to do them well, rather than telling everyone else how to do science.

When it comes to the El Niño project I am not trying to develop a "theory of El Niños" - not now, anyway. I don't know enough to do that. There are several competing theories of how El Niños work, and I would like to learn more about those and explain them. But that would be just the first step in trying to develop my own theory of them.

For now, I think it's easier to take existing methods of predicting El El Niños and:

1. learn and explain these methods, and then
2. develop techniques to evaluate these methods, and
3. try to improve these methods.
Source Text:This sounds too hard for me. I prefer to focus on specific projects and try to do them well, rather than telling everyone else how to do science. When it comes to the El Ni&ntilde;o project I am not trying to develop a "theory of El Ni&ntilde;os" - not now, anyway. I don't know enough to do that. There are several competing theories of how El Ni&ntilde;os work, and I would like to learn more about those and explain them. But that would be just the first step in trying to develop my own theory of them. For now, I think it's easier to take existing methods of predicting El El Ni&ntilde;os and: 1. _learn and explain_ these methods, and then 1. develop techniques to _evaluate_ these methods, and 1. try to _improve_ these methods.
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Thanx John, you are one of the last remaining voices of rational thinking and free emanation of ideas in science. There was no one else to ask.

Dara

Source Text:Thanx John, you are one of the last remaining voices of rational thinking and free emanation of ideas in science. There was no one else to ask. Dara
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edited September 2014

That's very flattering! I'll try to illustrate what I think is good science. Just please remember that this El Niño stuff is not my field of expertise, so I'm likely to blunder around and make some amateurish mistakes. But of course that too is part of good science.

Source Text:That's very flattering! I'll try to illustrate what I think is good science. Just please remember that this El Ni&ntilde;o stuff is not my field of expertise, so I'm likely to blunder around and make some amateurish mistakes. But of course that too is part of good science. <img src = "http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/emoticons/tongue2.gif" alt = ""/>
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what I said is true about you, if you care sometime in future you could tell us this matter in physics.

Source Text:what I said is true about you, if you care sometime in future you could tell us this matter in physics.
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edited September 2014

Okay, but I quit working on particle physics and quantum gravity because I think people need a really good idea to make further theoretical progress. Sometimes the best thing to do is quit and do something else.

Source Text:Okay, but I quit working on particle physics and quantum gravity because I think people need a really good idea to make further theoretical progress. Sometimes the best thing to do is quit and do something else.