On the scientific method – An excerpt from “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos:_A_Spacetime_Odyssey

S01E05: “Hiding in the Light”

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DEGRASSE TYSON: Ibn al-Hazen was the first person ever to set down the rules of science. He created an error-correcting mechanism, a systematic and relentless way to sift out misconceptions in our thinking.

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Ibn al-Hazen: Finding truth is difficult and the road to it is rough. As seekers after truth, you will be wise to withhold judgment and not simply put your trust in the writings of the ancients. You must question and critically examine those writings from every side. You must submit only to argument and experiment and not to the sayings of any person. For every human being is vulnerable to all kinds of imperfection. As seekers after truth, we must also suspect and question our own ideas as we perform our investigations, to avoid falling into prejudice or careless thinking. Take this course, and truth will be revealed to you.

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