What are the three key attitudes of scientific inquiry?

The three key attitudes of scientific inquiry are curiosity, skepticism and humility.

Historians of science tell us that attitudes of curiosity, skepticism and humility helped make modern science possible.

Underlying all science is curiosity, a passion to explore and understand without misleading or being misled.

An attitude of skepticism is essential to the scientific endeavor. Continual questioning of ideas and results is a means of overturning long-held assumptions and uncovering new ideas.

Putting scientific attitude into practice not only requires curiosity and skepticism but also humility, because we may have to reject our own ideas; an awareness that we can make mistakes.

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Monday, September 26 2016

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