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The answer below is jocular in tone, but this is in fact the scientific method as I was taught it!

It usually begins with the observation of a phenomena that doesn't fit with current understanding (E.g. My bicycles wheels are missing). This leads to a question, (E.g. How come my beloved bicycle has no wheels this morning?) and the formulation of a hypothesis to answer it (E.g. Some monster took them). This hypothesis makes predictions (If I check the tapes from the CCTV I will see someone taking them), which can be tested (I go and ask the security guard for the CCTV tapes). If the prediction is proved correct (I see the wheels being taken by some monstrous person) then the hypothesis stands. If it fails (I see myself stealing the wheels off my bike) then the theory must be altered (I stole the wheels because of all the vodka I drank last night), and my approach in practice must be changed (I need to drink less vodka and see a counsellor about my unhealthy relationship with my bike).

The initial action is a desire to know something, the scientific method then allows you to gather evidence and gain knowledge.

Scientific knowledge gained through research comes from a process called scientific method. It begins with observation followed by formulating a hypothesis. After that a prediction is made and investigations are carried out.

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