On Avoiding Research into the Blindingly Obvious

Peter Alan Aspinall

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    Abstract: Empirical research in certain areas of environmental design and behavioural studies is faced with a credibility dilemma. This is because its area of investigation overlaps with public and professional experience but does not formally or adequately acknowledge this experience in its methodology. As a consequence many research outcomes while evidence based can often be blindingly obvious. An attempt is made here to provide a philosophical framework to avoid this dilemma. This is the empirical constructivist position of Bas van Fraassen coupled with a Bayesian approach to hypothesis testing. It is argued that this framework has theoretical and pragmatic benefits for examining inter-relationships between outcomes from quantitative and qualitative methodologies
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)74-82
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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