I have been thinking a lot about what does it mean to do science, any kind of science really. What is at stake for scientists? An important insight comes from philosopher Karl Popper. Most important for Karl Popper is that doing science is not to confirm a hypothesis (a theory), but to disprove it. “For Popper, science is to dis-confirm, not to confirm.” One can learn more about Popper’s philosophy of science here.
At the end of the day, I realize that I am a philosophy and social theory junkie. I don’t do either of them, but consume a lot of them. Long live philosophy!