Scientific Thinking

11 Oct 2013 18:20

How do scientists actually think? I mean, when they are doing science, as opposed to going about daily life like anyone else, or for that matter scheming to get their grant proposals funded. (Do they go about daily life like everyone else? If not, is it because scientific thinking spreads into other domains, or because they start out weird, or what?) How do they come to think that way? How closely does scientific thinking conform to what theories of scientific method says it should be, and do the discrepancies matter?

See also: Analogy and Metaphor; Cognitive Science; Collective Cognition; Imagination and Creativity; Machine Learning, Statistical Inference and Induction; Sociology of Science; Thought and Society