Imagine a dark and stormy night, where the world is entirely unpredictable.

Is it possible for the scientific method to defeat itself



  • Port:
    • Is it possible for the scientific method to defeat itself?
    • What if I hypothesized that no theory can explain an experiment's results?
  • Bird:
    • As long as there are results, some theory could explain them. However, it might be ridiculously complicated and useless as predicting future events.
  • Port:
    • So, in a crazy and erratic world the scientific method would be like a zombie.
  • Bird:
    • Yep. It couldn't do much. Yet whenever you think its dead it gets back up and goes after the most attractive woman in the room.


  1. Thad Says:

    Is the statement “The Scientific method works” falsifiable?

  2. yinyang Says:

    The scientific method as a zombie. Lol!

    By the way, though I like the bird (really, it’s hilarious and random), where’s the beard-man?

  3. thad Says:

    I’m glad you like the bird. I thought he was a cool switch up.

    The bird is better drawn, but I kinda like the goate’ed dude.

    To be honest, I’m torn between the bird, goate’ed, and a little excited lizard (he hasn’t appeared yet).

  4. Jacob Wintersmith Says:

    The Scientific Method is something that only exists in middle school textbooks and the minds of misguided philosophers. Real science is just applied epistemology, and the methods it employs are rather diverse.

    And I’m with Larry Laudan (and other Pragmatists) that figuring out what methods produce reliable knowledge is to a great extent an empirical enterprise. In effect, scientific methods are precisely those methods which have worked thus far. And we can discover new scientific/epistemic methods that work better than the old ones.