Methods and Technical Research Tools

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What is the relationship between methods and technical research tools?

Knowledge concerning technical tools takes the forms of accepted beliefs of the kind "telescopes are useful tools for examining distant celestial bodies" or "polling is a useful technique for assessing public opinion". This in turn leads to the employment of respective methods, such as "data on distant celestial bodies is acceptable if it is obtained by a telescope" or "x represents public opinion on a certain topic if the results are obtained through polling". This in turn leads to the usage of the respective techniques in practice. However, is it at all possible for a research technique to be used independently of any method?

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