What Makes a Scientist a Scientist?

One of the most interesting and foundational questions philosophers of science analyze is what makes a science a science. And this is an important question. Why is evolution a science, for instance, but not intelligent design theory? What is the relationship between theory and data? Do you always need observation in science? If not, does string theory count as science, or is it just sophisticated and beautifully coherent mathematics and metaphysics? Are all sciences really falsifiable? How is induction justified? Is underdetermination of theory by data a serious problem for science?

One of the questions we often fail to ask, however, is the following: what is a scientist? But now, thanks to The Onion, we are one step closer to finding out:



I can't wait for the results!
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