Peter, you are missing one very crucial aspect of the scientific method: **peer review**. In no particular order, science is observation, hypothesis and peer review. Peer review is especially important to the former in the way that a verifiable hypothesis must also be falsifiable: if no one reviews your hypothesis and record of observed data, how can anyone verify your results? Consider that knowledge is empirical verification of what is (else how do you know what is?) and that for your record of observations and hypothesis to be verified as useful for making predictions, other people must review and scrutinize the hypothesis with their own observations.