I thought this thread could be a cool place to share methods of observation, tech skills and maybe even have challenges or exercises. Feel free to share and add to the conversation. Scientific observation. My signature is from as some of you guessed from Silence of the Lambs. A movie from the early 90's: "First principles, Clarice. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?" Now you might ask why would I have such a macabre quote and others can clearly see the importance of the message. Marcus Aurelius was a renowned stoic philosopher and one of my personal influences in daily life. His quote on observation comes from his most famous work Meditations. A personal diary of his philosophy and observations of the world around him. "“The Emperor counsels simplicity: First principles Of each particular thing, ask: What is it in itself, in its own constitution? What is its causal nature?". If you are observing Silver-back Gorillas for instance. You go into not knowing anything about the specimens, you look for the unique things within each specimen that define them and name them, you observe who is the head Gorillas and who are lower in the ladder. But you only observe what is there, what is evident. Science doesn't mean true or false it simply is what is evident. There are gray areas in science just like every other aspect of existence. For example, the Autosomal DNA analysis that tells you what your ethnic composition is might have a flawed algorithm in calculating that, but it holds some certainties such as markers that can catch killers. It's is irresponsible to put anything forth as true without certainty, but of great value to hypothesize about the true nature of something.