Scope of Scientonomy

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What types of phenomena should a scientonomic theory account for?

It is important for any science to have a clear idea as to what phenomena it ought to be explaining. This question is normative, as its answers are necessarily prescriptions of what the scope of scientonomy ought to be. As such, this question is not to be confused with the descriptive question of the scope of this or that specific scientonomic theory. Questions about the scope of scientonomy include:

  • Should a scientonomic theory be normative or descriptive?
  • Should it deal with the process of theory construction or the process of theory assessment or both?
  • Changes in which stances should it trace and explain: should it explain theory acceptance, use, pursuit, or any combination of these?
  • Should it explain changes in the belief systems of individual scientists or should it focus on scientific communities?
  • Should it explain transitions in implicit rules of theory assessment actually employed by scientists, or should it explain changes in explicitly formulated rules?
  • Changes at what time periods and in what fields of science should it explain?

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Scope of Scientonomy (Barseghyan-2015) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available theory on the subject. Scope of Scientonomy (Barseghyan-2015) states "Scientonomy should explain changes in a scientific mosaic, including changes from one accepted theory to the next and one employed method to the next."

History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of this question (it includes all the instances when the question was accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by a community):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 January 2016This is when the community accepted its first answer to this question, Scope of Scientonomy (Barseghyan-2015), which indicates that the question itself is legitimate.Yes

All Theories

The following theories have attempted to answer this question:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Scope of Scientonomy (Barseghyan-2015)Scientonomy should explain changes in a scientific mosaic, including changes from one accepted theory to the next and one employed method to the next.2015
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Accepted Theories

The following theories have been accepted as answers to this question:
CommunityTheoryAccepted FromAccepted Until
ScientonomyScope of Scientonomy (Barseghyan-2015)1 January 2016

Suggested Modifications

According to our records, there have been no suggested modifications on this topic.

Current View

In Scientonomy community, the accepted theory on the subject is Scope of Scientonomy (Barseghyan-2015). It states: "Scientonomy should explain changes in a scientific mosaic, including changes from one accepted theory to the next and one employed method to the next."

Related Topics

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Contributors

Paul Patton (51.5%), Hakob Barseghyan (48.5%)