What does The Beast have to do with the Scientific Method?


The last time we talked about The Beast, he was Hangry because he hadn’t been fed in 7 Days. We weren’t being mean. It was all a part of the Research & Development (R&D) we’re conducting to create Nitrates without using Fish in Aquaponics Systems.

As you can see, The Beast is a little happier today because he’s been getting lots of food lately as this is our Second Round of Experimentation with this Project. Also, as you can see, The Beast has a bit of a Questioning Look on his face indicative of where we are at in this early stage of our Research. We’re wondering how this is going to play out over time and through several iterations.

So let’s talk about what it takes besides a lot of Patience to run an R&D Project of this nature. Our Aquaponics Systems Engineer, Oliver Duffy, is just that, a retired Aerospace Engineer, so he knows how to conduct R&D using the Scientific Method.

What is the Scientific Method?

“The scientific method must satisfy four characteristics:

  • Replicability: Others should be able to independently replicate or repeat a scientific study and obtain similar, if not identical, results.
  • Precision: Theoretical concepts, which are often hard to measure, must be defined with such precision that others can use those definitions to measure those concepts and test that theory.
  • Falsifiability: A theory must be stated in a way that it can be disproven. Theories that cannot be tested or falsified are not scientific theories and any such knowledge is not scientific knowledge. A theory that is specified in imprecise terms or whose concepts are not accurately measurable cannot be tested, and is therefore not scientific.
  • Parsimony: When there are multiple explanations of a phenomenon, scientists must always accept the simplest or logically most economical explanation. This concept is called parsimony or “Occam’s razor.” Parsimony prevents scientists from pursuing overly complex or outlandish theories with endless number of concepts and relationships that may explain a little bit of everything but nothing in particular.” (Quote from https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-hccc-research-methods/chapter/chapter-1-science-and-scientific-research)

Oliver’s theory is that he can create an environment within a Vertical Water Tank that we are playfully calling The Beast, which contains certain components, and that after a yet to be specified amount of time of feeding The Beast with nitrogen rich organic content, it will create Nitrates.

He is working with The Beast daily, taking and recording measurements, and as soon as he can declare this R&D to be Replicable (Step 1 of the Scientific Method), we’ll let you know what we’ve discovered and work toward putting The Beast on the market as a Product on our Aquaponics USA website.

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