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A scientist finds that the results of her experiment seem to contradict her hypothesis. What is the best course of action?

A Publish the results anyway, acknowledging that her hypothesis seems to have been incorrect.

A hypothesis is merely an educated guess as to what the investigator expects to happen. There is nothing wrong with finding out that one’s hypothesis is incorrect. If the investigator already knew for sure that the hypothesis was correct, it wouldn’t be a hypothesis, and there would be no need for the experiment. In fact, an unexpected result that contradicts one’s hypothesis can often spark further lines of inquiry.