The Law of Theory Demarcation (Sarwar-Fraser-2018)

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This is an answer to the question Mechanism of Theory Demarcation that states "If a theory satisfies the demarcation criteria of the method employed at the time, it becomes scientific; if it does not, it remains unscientific; if assessment is inconclusive, the theory’s status can become scientific, unscientific, or uncertain."

The Law of Theory Demarcation was formulated by Patrick Fraser and Ameer Sarwar in 2018.1

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Modification Community Date Suggested Summary Verdict Verdict Rationale Date Assessed
Sciento-2018-0014 Scientonomy 28 December 2018 Accept the law of theory demarcation as a new scientonomic axiom. Also accept questions concerning indicators of scientificity as legitimate topics of scientonomic inquiry. Open The modification can only become accepted once modification Sciento-2018-0013 becomes accepted.

Question Answered

The Law of Theory Demarcation (Sarwar-Fraser-2018) is an attempt to theory the following question: How do theories become scientific or unscientific?

See Mechanism of Theory Demarcation for more details.


The law of theory demarcation tries to provide a mechanism of how the scientific status of theories changes overtime. The assessment outcomes of the law (satisfied, unsatisfied, and inconclusive) are logically separated from their consequences. In particular, the assessment outcome of conclusively satisfying the demarcation criteria leads to a theory being scientific, the assessment outcome of consclusively not satisfying the criteria lead to the theory being unscientific, and the final inconclusive outcome can lead to the theory being scientific, unscientific, or uncertain.1


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  1. a b  Sarwar, Ameer and Fraser, Patrick. (2018) Scientificity and The Law of Theory Demarcation. Scientonomy 2, 55-66. Retrieved from