Abstract for Experimentation or observation? Of the self alone or the natural world? (Comment on Roberts)
Schegloff, E. A. (2004). Experimentation or
Observation? On the self alone or the natural
world? (Commentary on Roberts:"Self-
Experimentation as a source of new ideas"). Brain
and Behavioral Sciences, 27(2), 271-2.
One important lesson of Roberts’ target article
may be potentially obscured for some by the
title’s reference to “self-experimentation.” At
the core of this work, the key investigative
resource is sustained and systematic observation,
not experimentation, and it is deployed in a
fashion not necessarily restricted to self-
examination. There is an important reminder here
of a strategically important, but neglected,
relationship between observation and experiment.