• The alleged scientific method: 1. Observe something. 2. Formulate a hypothesis. 3. Devise a test. 4. If the test fails, go to #2. 5. If the test passes and is confirmed, the hypothesis might be promoted to a theory and used to prove other hypotheses. And it might not. The actual scientific method: 1. Formulate a theory. 2. Make a computer simulation. 3. Compare the simulation to observed data. 4. If they don't agree, find some way to adjust the data. If you can't adjust the data, ignore it. 5. Be sure your fellow scientists will agree with your findings, then publish.

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