FORM OF THE EXPERIMENTAL PAPER: A REALIZATION OF THE MYTH OF INDUCTION.

Alan G. Gross

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Abstract

The experimental paper is conventionally organized into four sections: Introduction, Methods and Materials, Results, and Discussion. Why these particular sections? Why this particular order? The author's answer is that the experimental paper is an instantiation of a myth that induction is philosophically unproblematic, that it can lead unproblematically to reliable knowledge about the natural world. Because induction as a path to reliable knowledge is, in fact, problematic, scientists need to retain this myth to continue to do science undeterred by doubts concerning the value of their task.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages15-26
Number of pages12
Volume15
No1
Specialist publicationJournal of Technical Writing and Communication
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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