Outcome Inconclusive (Barseghyan-2015)
A definition of Outcome Inconclusive that states "An outcome of theory assessment which allows for the theory to be accepted but doesn't dictate so."
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||1 January 2016||The definition became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.||No||29 November 2017||The definition became rejected as a result of the acceptance of the new definition by Patton, Overgaard, and Barseghyan. For details, refer to the modification.|
Suggestions To Reject
|Modification||Community||Date Suggested||Summary||Verdict||Verdict Rationale||Date Assessed|
|Sciento-2017-0004||Scientonomy||5 February 2017||Accept the reformulation of the second law which explicitly links theory assessment outcomes with theory acceptance/unacceptance. To that end, accept three new definitions for theory assessment outcomes (satisfied, not satisfied, and inconclusive) as well as the new ontology of theory assessment outcomes, and accept the new definition of employed method.||Accepted||The new formulation of the law became accepted as a result of a communal consensus. It was noted by the commentators that the "modification provides a much improved formulation of the 2nd law".c1 It was noted that the new formulation "decouples the method from acceptance outcomes" and "is needed to avoid a contradiction for cases where assessment by the method is inconclusive, but the theory is accepted".c2 It was agreed that the new law eliminates two of the major flaws of the previous formulation. First, it clearly states the relations between different assessment outcomes and the actual theory acceptance/unacceptance. Second, it clearly forbids certain conceivable courses of events and, thus, doesn't sounds like a tautology.c3||29 November 2017|
Outcome Inconclusive (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: How should the theory assessment outcome inconclusive be defined?
See Outcome Inconclusive for more details.
To say that the theory acceptance outcome inconclusive obtained as a result of a theory's assessment by a method is the same as to say that the theory can but shouldn't necessarily be accepted.
- Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.