In which I pretend to be a scientist.

A characterization of the scientific method, courtesy of wikipedia

  1. Define the question
  2. Gather information and resources (observe)
  3. Form hypothesis
  4. Perform experiment and collect data
  5. Analyze data
  6. Interpret data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypothesis
  7. Publish results
  8. Retest (frequently done by other scientists)

An application of the scientific method to the Wheatland Express bus route, courtesy of me:

  1. Question defined: Is the number of minutes that the bus arrives after the scheduled time inversely proportional to the temperature?
  2. Information gathered: 1 to 2 times on weekdays, January 1-January 24, 2008.
  3. Hypothesis formed: When it’s cold, it’s late.
  4. Experiment performed, data collected: Walked to and from bus-stop in weather ranging from 6 to 20 degrees F, noted time that bus arrived.
  5. Analysis of data (sample): 6 deg. F, 17 minutes late; 10 deg. F., 15 minutes late; 15 deg. F., 12 minute late.
  6. Data interpreted, new hypothesis formed: 1) I was right; 2) people around here can’t drive in the snow.
  7. Results published: You’re reading it.
  8. Retesting: After attempting to calculate ratio between temperature and lateness, arrived 7 minutes late in 14 degree weather. Result: Was a block away when the bus arrived at the stop, deposited passengers, and kept on going. Was forced to run over icy sidewalks to next stop.

Conclusion: Failure of scientific method.

(I’d like to thank Logos School and my dad for this brilliant feat of logic and the application of science to real-life situations. Thank you.)


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