Never liked the term "Scientist".
"Observer" would fit, then connecting the dots of what's observed.
The old saying of fooling some of the people all of the time....etc. until someone looks behind the curtain, sometimes it just takes a long time for that to happen.
Scientists who use Observers
Observers who use Scientists
"Martin Lister (1638-1712) was a doctor and it may be said that he began the tradition which continues to this day, at least in Britain, that arachnologists are doctors, clergymen or schoolmasters — anything but professional zoologists." - Paul Hillyard, The Book of the Spider: From Arachnophobia to the Love of Spiders, Hutchinson, London, 1994
Tables with 3 legs?