Role of Practical Considerations in Scientific Change

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What is the role of practical considerations such as financial constraints or limitations of manpower in the process of scientific change?

Scientists often seem to rely on practical considerations when conducting research, such as those expressing financial restrictions, or limitations of manpower. To understand the exact role of practical considerations in the process of scientific change, it must be shown how they affect a mosaic of accepted theories and employed methods. Are practical considerations themselves expressible as theories and/or methods or are they merely one aspect of sociocultural factors affecting the process of theory and method change?

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Hakob Barseghyan (34.1%), Jacob MacKinnon (65.9%)