Scientific Method (Definition)



Dr. King quotes Henry Nelson Wieman’s article “Authority and the Normative Approach” in the Journal of Religion for a definition of the scientific method. He used this quote in his doctoral dissertation, “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman.”

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Scientific Method (Definition)
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[Inserted Text in Margin: Scientific Method (def[inition]) Wieman *] [Inserted Text: used] Wieman defines scientific method as the method in which sensory observation, experimental behavior, and rational inference are working together. "It becomes more fully scientific as (1) observation is made more accurate, selective, and refined; as (2) rational inference is made more [pure?] and rigorous; as (3) experimental behavior is made to operate under controlled condition and (4) as those three are made to check one another [Page 2] more closely." (Art. (1936)', 184) This method repudiates pure rationalism, pure behaviorism and pure observation. It demands that all three enter into the forming, the correcting and the validity of any behalf about my reality.
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