What is observation?

  • (noun): A remark expressing careful consideration.
    Synonyms: reflection, reflexion
    See also — Additional definitions below


Observation is either an activity of a living being, such as a human, consisting of receiving knowledge of the outside world through the senses, or the recording of data using scientific instruments. The term may also refer to any data collected during this activity.

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Bazita Peak TV Tower
... The TV tower has a 13 m (43 ft) antenna atop the main structure and an observation level 60 m (200 ft) up the structure ... The Alps can be clearly seen from the observation deck ... Built in 1975, an elevator transports visitors to the café on the observation level and a staircase outside of the main shaft allows maintenance access ...
Mirante Do Vale - Observation
... eye view of Mirante do Vale is possible from the observation decks of either the Altino Arantes Building or the Edifício Itália ...
Covert Participant Observation
... Covert participant observation is a method in social science research ... Participant observation involves a researcher joining the group he or she is studying, and in the case of covert observation, the researcher's status is not made known to the group ... Observation involves participating in activities over a period of time and therefore becoming an accepted part of the group ...
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Observations in Philosophy
... – Marcus Aurelius Observation in philosophical terms is the process of filtering sensory information through the thought process ... With the passage of time, impressions stored in the consciousness about many related observations, together with the resulting relationships and consequences, permit the individual to build a construct about ... The defining characteristic of observation is that it involves drawing conclusions, as well as building personal views about how to handle similar situations in the ...

More definitions of "observation":

  • (noun): The act of making and recording a measurement.
  • (noun): Facts learned by observing.
    Example: "He reported his observations to the mayor"

Famous quotes containing the word observation:

    One man’s observation is another man’s closed book or flight of fancy.
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)

    It is, in both cases, that a spiritual life has been imparted to nature; that the solid seeming block of matter has been pervaded and dissolved by a thought; that this feeble human being has penetrated the vast masses of nature with an informing soul, and recognised itself in their harmony, that is, seized their law. In physics, when this is attained, the memory disburthens itself of its cumbrous catalogues of particulars, and carries centuries of observation in a single formula.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    That observation which is called knowledge of the world will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.
    Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)