26 Feb '14, 1pm

The scientific process: Disprove it!

I came across this quite excellent video earlier today. It is simple, but effective, in conveying a key concept of scientific thinking, namely that we should seek to disprove, rather than prove our beliefs. If you have five minutes, it’s well worth a watch, and I hope that it challenges you to think hard about your own ‘rules’. It highlights how easily we can leap to false conclusions in our (human) desire to confirm what we already know. As a consequence, our understanding of any subject, whether it is a rule for increasing numbers or a complex explanation for say, obesity, injury, or performance, is limited by how capable we are of recognizing what is not always obvious and accepting that our rule may not be the rule. If you are and athlete or coach, for instance, think about how this change in thinking might affect your tactical planning and the methods you use to teach...

Full article: http://www.sportsscientists.com/2014/02/the-scientific-pr...

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