Article Review : ' Strengths And Weaknesses

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Article Critiques: Students will be assigned articles that address issues in research methodology and statistics. For each article, the student will be required to write a brief summary of the article, including the methods and findings. Students will then write a critique of the articles’ strengths and weaknesses (both must be included for credit). Critiques should not exceed two pages, typed. It is important to be concise and to highlight the most important points. Each article should begin with an APA-style citation of the article. Platt, J. (1964). Strong Inference. Science, 146(3642), 347-353. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/1714268 Platt discussed how some scientific fields like molecular biology and high-energy physics…show more content…
Having multiple hypotheses will help lead to disproofs, alternative hypotheses, and a strong inference. No scientist will be attached to his or her one hypothesis, as he will have multiple. Platt suggests that multiple hypotheses will not only lead to a strong inference, but also make the scientific search an intellectual and emotional motivation. Platt states that a theory is only a theory if it can be disproved by an experimental result. He further goes on to say that every alternate hypothesis is a pleasant prize of inductive inference. Strong inference helps scientists become more problem-oriented as long as they are willing to try new methods and not stick to just one. When experiments agree upon one or two decimal places, alternative hypotheses are not excluded, bur when an experiment agrees upon five decimal places, alternative hypotheses are excluded, but should still consider looking into alternative hypotheses. Platt states that qualitative science is better than quantitative science, but despite the kind of science proof and disproof are primary and essential. While scientists measure, define, compute, and analyze, they do not exclude, and exclusion is necessary to have progressive and fast scientific outcomes. Platt believes that strong inference can be the customary direction for potential scientific effectiveness. Strong inference can be taught and learned by nearly anyone if practiced regularly. Strong inference is the question that asks how
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