What Science Is!
Contrary to common misunderstanding, Science is not just the Hypothetico-Deductive (H-D) model, which is often called the “Scientific Method”. In fact, Science has two great components, the Discovery period which encompasses the H-D and peer review phases to produce candidate facts, and the Justification period which encompasses the phases of falsifiability and reproducibility, coherence and consensus formation. The end result is a scientific Theory, which is an edifice of justified facts, all of which are consistent with each other, and each of which help to explain the meaning of all the others. The great misunderstanding is that Science consists only of the Discovery phase, and ends with peer review and publication. In fact, the Justification component - which is widely ignored - is what Science is really all about.