Does your favourite scientific method happen to be one of these?
(Ref Wikipedia – for what it is worth)
Inductivism is the traditional model of scientific method attributed to Francis Bacon, who in 1620 vowed to subvert allegedly traditional thinking. In Baconian model, one observes nature, proposes a modest law to generalize an observed pattern, confirms it by many observations, ventures a modestly broader law, and confirms that, too, by many more observations, while discarding disconfirmed laws. The laws grow ever broader but never appreciably exceed careful, extensive observation while scientists keep accurate records for collaboration. Thus freed from preconceptions but empowered beyond a lone human’s observations, scientists gradually uncover nature’s material and causal structure.
Empirical falsification: “Sir Karl Raimund Popper (28 July 1902 – 17 September 1994) was an Austrian-British philosopher and professor. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century. Popper is known for his rejection of the classical inductivist views on the scientific method, in favour of empirical falsification: A theory in the empirical sciences can never be proven, but it can be falsified, meaning that it can and should be scrutinised by decisive experiments. If the outcome of an experiment contradicts the theory, one should refrain from ad hoc manoeuvres that evade the contradiction merely by making it less falsifiable. Popper is also known for his opposition to the classical justificationist account of knowledge which he replaced with critical rationalism, “the first non-justificational philosophy of criticism in the history of philosophy.”
My point is that many modern scientists regard scepticism to be an honourable trait. It is a very important part of the scientific process to be skeptical both to your own and to others work. Of course, you can’t be skeptical to all day long, but all the premises, all arguments and all the results need to be subject for close scrutiny.
One thing you can be quite sure about is that those who use the term skeptic to attack opponents are most likely not well educated scientist. Another thing that is quite conspicuous is that many of those who are commenting on climate science seems to endorse inductivism. Even worse, it seems that many of those calling themselves climate scientists seems to be endorsing a 500 year old scientific method.
“All real scientists are skeptical.” – Me
“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”
― Albert Einstein