Part of a lecture given at University of Vermont 1983, Dr. Ramsey's observations about what research is and should be is something all researchers, no matter their field, could take to heart.
The Scientific method is so integral a part of our approach to science nowadays that we do not think of it very often. It comprises, of course, the two complementary techniques of observation and experimentation and whenever we are confronted by a problem to be solved or a question to be answered, we automatically take hold of one or the other or both of those tools. What we do not do is sit down and speculate what may be the answer or might be or would be logical if it were. Nor do we consult ancient tomes by long dead "authorities" to find support and justification for our supposings. Such arm chair research is an anathema to modern science. What we want are facts; hard, objectively demonstrable facts. And on the basis of them we achieve our triumph and excitement.