Status of Questions

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What is the status of questions (problems, topics) in the mosaic? Are questions (problems, topics) separate entities, or can they be reduced to theories?
Nicholas Overgaard explains the topic

Questions/topics are one of several key categories of our encyclopedia (along with theories and modifications). Are questions part of the process of scientific change, or are they merely a useful instrument for organizing scientonomic data? It seems apparent that the relevance of a question/topic may be different in different time periods and different mosaic. For instance, while the question of phlogiston's properties would be a legitimate research question in the mid-18th century, it is no longer legitimate in the contemporary chemistry. This seems to suggest that questions are not merely a useful instrument for storing and presenting scientonomic data, but are actually part of the process of scientific change. Thus, it is important to identify what status questions have in the mosaic, i.e. whether or not they are their own entities, or whether they are expressible through theories.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Nicholas Overgaard and Hakob Barseghyan in 2016. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the question has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.


Acceptance Record

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Scientonomy1 April 2016It was acknowledged as an open question by the Scientonomy Seminar 2016.Yes

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Accepted Theories

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Suggested Modifications

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Current View

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Related Topics

This topic is a sub-topic of Epistemic Elements.


Hakob Barseghyan (50.8%), Jacob MacKinnon (49.2%)