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Science has built disagreement into the process

Chapter 4 Disagreement needs to be ingrained in the culture of organizations

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Science is a process of constructive disagreement. Alternative hypotheses make different predictions about the world, which can be tested against empirical evidence. The results inform a new round of alternative hypotheses, resulting in an accumulation of knowledge durable enough to be called “facts” – at least until the next turn of the scientific wheel.
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The scientific method and the academic peer review process are excellent examples of how disagreement can be built into processes. The scientific method is an empirical method of acquiring knowledge by testing hypotheses in experiments.

Illustration of the Scientific Method by William Harris

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How the scientific method works:

  • Observe and question
  • Research
  • Form a falsifiable hypothesis
  • Test
  • Analyze and conclude

Falsifiability is a key factor, as illustrated by the example of the black swan. All adult swans were believed to be white. This hypothesis was supported by the empiric evidence until a black swan was discovered in Australia.

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