On 2002-08-28 05:46, beskeptical wrote:
I presume you recognize the importance of scientific research in medicine. But what about the need for scientific research to determine better ways to teach, to effect workplace safety, and to deal with emotional reactions to infectious disease hazards?
What I'm trying to tell you is that your description of 'pure science' would discount the importance of research in all the sciences except physics, astronomy, geology and similar fields. The scientific process is a means of observing the world and using the observations to understand what is occurring.
How you go about making those observations and determining what they mean is where you differentiate science from pseudoscience. There are many very good ways to observe behavior, brain function, cultural interactions, emotions and the like. Research methods may differ from say, chemistry, but the results are reliable, repeatable, etc.