Changeability of the Scientific Mosaic

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Under what circumstances does scientific change become impossible?

While it is evident that the elements of a given mosaic can change over time, a theory of scientific change seeks to identify how such changes are possible. Such a theory must identify and describe which factors allow a community to modify any elements within their mosaic.

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. Dogmatism No Theory Change theorem (Barseghyan-2015) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available theory on the subject. Dogmatism No Theory Change theorem (Barseghyan-2015) states "If an accepted theory is taken as the final truth, it will always remain accepted; no new theory on the subject can ever be accepted."

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Scientonomy1 January 2016This is when the first answer to the question was accepted, the Dogmatism No Theory Change theorem (Barseghyan-2015), indicating that the question is itself legitimate.Yes

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Dogmatism No Theory Change theorem (Barseghyan-2015)If an accepted theory is taken as the final truth, it will always remain accepted; no new theory on the subject can ever be accepted.2015
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ScientonomyDogmatism No Theory Change theorem (Barseghyan-2015)1 January 2016

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Current View

In Scientonomy community, the accepted theory on the subject is Dogmatism No Theory Change theorem (Barseghyan-2015). It states: "If an accepted theory is taken as the final truth, it will always remain accepted; no new theory on the subject can ever be accepted."

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No theory acceptance may take place in a genuinely dogmatic community. Suppose a community has an accepted theory that asserts that it is the final and absolute truth. By the Third Law we deduce the method: accept no new theories ever. By the Second Law we deduce that no new theory can ever be accepted by the employed method of the time. By the First Law, we deduce that the accepted theory will remain the accepted theory forever1p. 165-167. Read More

Related Topics

This topic is a sub-topic of Mechanism of Scientific Change.

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References

  1. ^  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.

Contributors

Jacob MacKinnon (29.0%), Hakob Barseghyan (7.6%), Paul Patton (63.4%)