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Interrelations and Interactions among Concepts

Let us now return to the subject of methodology and look at it from a somewhat different point of view. I have said that science has many methods, not one, that there is no such thing as “ t h e scientific method” as this is popularly conceived, i.e., as a sort of step-by-step guide on what-to-do-next when carrying on an investigation. Indeed we have said that what is different or unique about science must be ascribed in the main to the uniqueness of its subject matter, rather than to any distinctiveness of method itself. Scientific method is then no more than the application or adaptation of the general methods of intelligence to those problems or aspects of the world in which science is especially interested.