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He made a disciplined scientist proclaim the superiority of mystical intuition over the scientific method.
Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  a method of investigation involving observation and theory to test scientific hypotheses
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  • He made a disciplined scientist proclaim the superiority of mystical intuition over the scientific method.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He’s teaching me scientific method.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • This is not least true of our next key phrase, a new scientific method, another Renaissance innovation which I will tell you about.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The correct program for this interweaving is formalized as scientific method.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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  • Yet to accept the fact violated all Jan’s cherished ideas of scientific method.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • It was a kind of satire on Nature: it was the scientific method, the geologic method; it deposited the history of the family in a stratified record; and the antiquary could dig through it and tell by the remains of each period what changes of diet the family had introduced successively for a hundred years.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • ALL OF WHICH is far indeed from the contemporary view; for the democratic ideal of the self-determining individual, the invention of the power-driven machine, and the development of the scientific method of research have so transformed human life that the long-inherited, timeless universe of symbols has collapsed.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • For a whole week Madeline held clinics where she expounded the scientific method of modern bread-making.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • That may not be a very scientific method for finding the east-west middle of the country, but it will do.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • This is the scientific method.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld

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  • She had to explain the scientific method she had used in order to overcome the senator’s pragmatic resistance.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • There were several dictionaries of Americanisms, true enough, but only one of them made any pretension to scientific method, and even that one was woefully narrow and incomplete.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • I’ll vent it into the Hab via the highly scientific method of detaching the tank from the MAV landing struts, bringing it into the Hab, then opening the valve until it’s empty.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • …Madeline, Gottlieb was a wicked old man who made fun of the sanctities of Marriage and Easter lilies, to Clif, he was a bore, but Leora glowed as Martin banged the table and quoted his idol: "Up to the present, even in the work of Ehrlich, most research has been largely a matter of trial and error, the empirical method, which is the opposite of the scientific method, by which one seeks to establish a general law governing a group of phenomena so that he may predict what will happen."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Actually I’ve never seen a cycle-maintenance problem complex enough really to require full-scale formal scientific method.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • When I think of formal scientific method an image sometimes comes to mind of an enormous juggernaut, a huge bulldozer…slow, tedious lumbering, laborious, but invincible.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The real purpose of scientific method is to make sure Nature hasn’t misled you into thinking you know something you don’t actually know.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The formation of hypotheses is the most mysterious of all the categories of scientific method.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It is a catastrophic logical disproof of the general validity of all scientific method!
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • And what seems to be causing the number of hypotheses to grow in recent decades seems to be nothing other than scientific method itself.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It is your application of scientific method that is causing it to change!
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The purpose of scientific method is to select a single truth from among many hypothetical truths.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • They seemed to say, "We know scientific method is valid, so why ask about it?"
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Science cannot study scientific method without getting into a bootstrap problem that destroys the validity of its answers.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The scientific method of experimentation is carefully controlled empiricism.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • In Part One of formal scientific method, which is the statement of the problem, the main skill is in stating absolutely no more than you are positive you know.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • What this means logically is that as you try to move toward unchanging truth through the application of scientific method, you actually do not move toward it at all.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • If all hypotheses cannot be tested, then the results of any experiment are inconclusive and the entire scientific method falls short of its goal of establishing proven knowledge.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Part Three, that part of formal scientific method called experimentation, is sometimes thought of by romantics as all of science itself because that’s the only part with much visual surface.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • But a precondition for all the technical development that took place after the Renaissance was the new scientific method.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • If the purpose of scientific method is to select from among a multitude of hypotheses, and if the number of hypotheses grows faster than experimental method can handle, then it is clear that all hypotheses can never be tested.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The first phase was a new scientific method.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Traditional scientific method, unfortunately, has never quite gotten around to say exactly where to pick up more of these hypotheses.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20-20 hindsight.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • What we have to do is examine traditional scientific method in the light of that stuck screw.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • This is an ability about which formal traditional scientific method has nothing to say.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • What you need is an hypothesis for how you’re going to get that slotless screw out of there and scientific method doesn’t provide any of these hypotheses.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • When you’ve hit a really tough one, tried everything, racked your brain and nothing works, and you know that this time Nature has really decided to be difficult, you say, "Okay, Nature, that’s the end of the nice guy," and you crank up the formal scientific method.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • We’re still stuck on that screw and the only way it’s going to get unstuck is by abandoning further examination of the screw according to traditional scientific method.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • According to the doctrine of "objectivity," which is integral with traditional scientific method, what we like or don’t like about that screw has nothing to do with our correct thinking.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • You’re planning to try scientific method on Rav Schwartz?
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • He was a great Talmudist, but he had been trained in a European yeshiva, and I didn’t think he would take kindly to the scientific method of studying Talmud.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • The whole purpose of scientific method is to make valid distinctions between the false and the true in nature, to eliminate the subjective, unreal, imaginary elements from one’s work so as to obtain an objective, true, picture of reality.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • "Well, good luck with your scientific method," Danny told me, getting to his feet.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • He said if I ever wanted to make any kind of valuable contribution to psychology I would have to use scientific method.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • This duality of form and substance and the scientific method of arriving at facts about substances were central to Aristotle’s philosophy.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • For the most part these data are properly handled by conventional dualistic logic and the scientific method talked about earlier, back just after Miles City.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Back on our trip out of Miles City you’ll remember I talked about how formal scientific method could be applied to the repair of a motorcycle through the study of chains of cause and effect and the application of experimental method to determine these chains.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Poincaré’s contemporaries refused to acknowledge that facts are preselected because they thought that to do so would destroy the validity of scientific method.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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