The results of a survey of university scientists are surprising and odd.
Surprisingly, 87% of scientists think there is a scientific method that describes the way scientists do their work. Most of them believe in the old hypothesis → testing –→ theory view that hasn’t been popular among experts for many decades.
Almost half (49%) of natural scientists and 29% of social scientists thought that science was independent of social and cultural biases.
Almost half (48%) of all scientists believed that a theory becomes a law when it is proven.
You all know that none of those are correct, right? There is no single scientific method, of course science is shaped by culture, and nope, theories and laws are different beasts. I’m used to civilians getting these wrong, but that’s a big surprise that so many scientists don’t understand the nature of their work.