# Why is the scientific method important to follow?

The scientific method is a way to prevent these mistakes. It doesn't always work, but it demonstrably has had some successes. So firstly observe phenomena; what is happening? Secondly, ask questions; why is that occurring the way that it is? Thirdly, formulate an hypothesis; this is what I think is happening. Fourthly, develop a testable prediction; if this is true for A, will it be true for B? Fifthly, do experiments to test your prediction; is it true for B, and C, and D? Sixthly, was it true? If yes, then develop an hypothesis by generalization. Seventh (perhaps most importantly!); attempt to falsify your hypothesis. Here, you ask the questions, $\text{what experiments could I (and others) do, and what results}$ $\text{would I anticipate, that would show my analysis and}$ $\text{understanding to be faulty?}$