This essay focuses on personal or professional experience. perhaps we resort to saying, “Well it just is!” At the basis of such questions
Observation may include personal or professional experience and wider reading on the subject. What we usually observe is not the cause, but the effect. In undertaking research, observation is an important research method.
From observation, the next step is usually description; this is what ‘appears’ to be happening. Description provides the surface view; think about the fabled, simple observation of an apple falling to the ground which led Isaac Newton to the theory of gravitation (which eventually became the universal laws of gravitation
Often finding or providing suitable explanations can be exhausting and frustrating – perhaps we resort to saying, “Well it just is!” At the basis of such questions however, are a child’s first attempts to understand the world around them, and develop their own theories of why things are the way they are.
Defining ‘theory’, therefore, has to take into account the ‘why?’ question, but a theory is deeper than that. The points below go some way to helping with a definition.