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    Last July, I joined the faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy at
    Saint Louis University. As a basic scientist working closely with
    clinicians and advising them as they conduct their research, I have begun
    to consider several philosophical questions. In my search for answers I
    have begun to read in the area of philosophy of science and am currently
    sitting in on a course entitled "Phiolosphy of Physical Science." The
    readings and the course have been very enlightening but one question is
    particularly troublesome.

    How do we, as biomechanists, define "ggod science" or "hard research?" I
    have heard those term used and have even used them myself. A student
    recently asked me that question and I was troubled by my inability to offer
    an answer that did not imply that research is good if it meets the
    standards of the "moral majority." Do any of you have a working definition
    for the phrase "good scienc?" Is this a question that needs to be considered
    by our community?

    I look forward to receiving your responses.

    William L. Siler, Ph.D.