Intellectual Standards in Scientific Thinking

Could you elaborate further on your hypothesis (or idea)?
Could you give me a more detailed explanation of the phenomenon you have in mind?

How could we check on those data?
How could we verify or test that theory?
Could you be more specific?
Could you give me more details on the phenomenon?
Could you be more exact as to how the mechanism takes place?

How do those data relate to the problem?
How do they bear on the question?

What factors make this a difficult scientific problem?
What are some of the complexities we must consider?

Do we need to look at this from another perspective?
Do we need to consider another point of view?
Do we need to look at this in other ways?

Are all the data consistent with each other?
Are these two theories consistent?
Is this implied by the data we have?

Is this the central idea to focus on?
Which set of data is most important?

Do I have a vested interest in this issue which keeps me from looking at it objectively?
Am I misrepresenting a view with which I disagree?

"You cannot be literate in the 21st Century unless you are literate in all the media that are used to communicate." [C. Bazalgette]