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Implicit in our approach is the understanding that all empirical knowledge is changeable, and so is our theory of scientific change. This encyclopedia openly facilitates this idea through its mechanism of modifications.

Each suggested modification is an attempt to improve our scientonomic knowledge. When an article is published in the Journal of Scientonomy (or any other journal that makes use of the scientonomic workflow), the modifications suggested in the article are properly documented and individual encyclopedia pages are created for each suggested modification. Each of these modifications is then evaluated separately by the community. If the suggested modification meets the expectations of the community, it becomes accepted and the respective encyclopedia articles are being altered to reflect that modification. If the community decides that the modification doesn't improve our communal knowledge, then the modification is not accepted.

To add a new suggested modification, please go to your community page and click on Add a New Modification button. The communities registered in this encyclopedia can be located here.

Here is the list of all modifications:

ModificationDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictDate Assessed
Sciento-2016-00013 September 2016Accept a new formulation of the third law to make it clear that employed methods do not have to be deducible from all accepted theories and employed methods but only from some.Accepted21 January 2017
Sciento-2016-00023 September 2016Accept a new taxonomy for theory, normative theory, descriptive theory to reintroduce normative propositions (such as those of ethics or methodology) to the scientific mosaic.Not Accepted23 January 2017
Sciento-2016-00037 September 2016Accept the notion of authority delegation.Accepted1 February 2017
Sciento-2016-00047 September 2016Provided that the notion of authority delegation is accepted, accept the notions of mutual authority delegation and one-sided authority delegation as subtypes of authority delegation.Accepted2 February 2018
Sciento-2017-000123 January 2017Accept new definitions for theory, normative theory, and descriptive theory. Also, modify the definition of methodology to reflect these changes.Accepted15 February 2017
Sciento-2017-000223 January 2017Accept a new ontology of scientific change where the two fundamental elements are theories - both descriptive and normative - and methods.Accepted15 February 2017
Sciento-2017-000327 January 2017Accept that licenses to teach [ʾijāzāt] are reliable indicators of which texts were considered authoritative in the Medieval Arabic scientific mosaic (MASM) in c. 750-1258 CE in the Abbasid caliphate. Thus, a proposition can be said to be accepted in MASM if the evidence of the licenses to teach [ʾijāzāt] indicates so.Accepted16 October 2021
Sciento-2017-00045 February 2017Accept 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.Accepted29 November 2017
Sciento-2017-00055 February 2017Accept that the new second law is not a tautology.Accepted29 November 2017
Sciento-2017-00065 February 2017Accept the following set of inferences of theory assessment outcomes from the acceptance or unacceptance of a single contender and two contenders.Open
Sciento-2017-000719 May 2017Accept the definitions of the following subtypes of authority delegation: singular authority delegation, multiple authority delegation, hierarchical authority delegation, and non-hierarchical authority delegation.Accepted23 October 2018
Sciento-2017-000819 May 2017Accept the following reconstruction of the contemporary authority delegation structure in the art market regarding the works of Monet: A work claimed to be by Monet is authentic if it is considered authentic by the Wildenstein Institute.Open
Sciento-2017-000919 May 2017Accept the following reconstruction of the contemporary authority delegation structure in the art market regarding the works of Picasso: a work claimed to be by Picasso is authentic if it is has been certified as authentic by both Maya Widmaier-Picasso and Claude Ruiz-Picasso.Open
Sciento-2017-001019 May 2017Accept the following reconstruction of the authority delegation structure in the art market regarding the works of Modigliani between 1997 and 2015: a work claimed to be by Modigliani is authentic iff (1) it is in the Ceroni catalogue raisonné or (2) if it is not in catalogue and has been certified as authentic by Marc Restellini.Open
Sciento-2017-001119 May 2017Accept the following reconstruction of the contemporary authority delegation structure in the art market regarding the works of Renoir: a work claimed to be by Renoir is authentic iff (1) it has been certified as authentic by the Wildenstein institute or (2) it has not been dismissed by the Wildenstein institute and it is included in the Bernheim-Jeune catalogue.Open
Sciento-2017-001219 May 2017Accept a new taxonomy for group and its two sub-types - accidental group, and community.Accepted2 February 2018
Sciento-2017-001319 May 2017Accept that communities can consist of other communities, i.e. that there is such a thing as a sub-community.Open
Sciento-2017-001419 May 2017Provided that the definition of community is accepted, accept new definitions of epistemic community and non-epistemic community as sub-types of community.Open
Sciento-2017-001519 May 2017Provided that the distinction between epistemic and non-epistemic communities is accepted, accept that a non-epistemic community can consist of epistemic communities.Open
Sciento-2018-000112 May 2018Accept the definition of question as a topic of inquiry.Accepted26 September 2018
Sciento-2018-000212 May 2018Accept the ontology of epistemic elements with theories, methods, and questions as distinct epistemic elements.Accepted26 September 2018
Sciento-2018-000312 May 2018Accept that the epistemic stance that can be taken by an epistemic agent towards a question is question acceptance (the opposite is unacceptance), where question acceptance is defined as "a question is said to be accepted if it is taken as a legitimate topic of inquiry".Accepted1 November 2018
Sciento-2018-000412 May 2018Accept the questions of the mechanism question acceptance and indicators of question acceptance as legitimate topics of scientonomic inquiry.Accepted1 November 2018
Sciento-2018-00058 October 2018Accept the new definitions of method as a set of criteria for theory evaluation and methodology as a normative discipline that formulates the rules which ought to be employed in theory assessment.Accepted1 September 2019
Sciento-2018-00068 October 2018Accept the new ontology of epistemic elements with, theories and questions are the two basic epistemic elements where and each theory is an attempt to answer a certain question, theories can be of three types – descriptive, normative, or definitions, and methods are a subtype of normative theory.Accepted1 September 2019
Sciento-2018-00078 October 2018Accept the definition of definition as a statement of the meaning of a term.Accepted1 September 2019
Sciento-2018-00088 October 2018Accept the definition of norm employment.Accepted1 September 2019
Sciento-2018-00098 October 2018Accept the new definition of scientific mosaic as a set of all epistemic elements accepted and/or employed by the epistemic agent.Accepted17 May 2020
Sciento-2018-00108 October 2018Accept that epistemic stances of all types can be taken explicitly and/or implicitly and that epistemic elements of all types can be explicit and/or implicit.Accepted1 September 2019
Sciento-2018-001128 December 2018Accept the three-fold distinction between explicit, explicable-implicit, and inexplicable.Accepted1 September 2019
Sciento-2018-001228 December 2018Accept that propositional technological knowledge – i.e. technological questions, theories, and methods – can be part of a mosaic.Accepted11 February 2020
Sciento-2018-001328 December 2018Accept scientificity as a distinct epistemic stance that epistemic agents can take towards theories. Also accept several questions concerning the definition of scientificity and the applicability of scientificity to other epistemic elements, such as methods and questions, as legitimate topics of scientonomic inquiry.Open
Sciento-2018-001428 December 2018Accept the law of theory demarcation as a new scientonomic axiom. Also accept questions concerning indicators of scientificity as legitimate topics of scientonomic inquiry.Open
Sciento-2018-001528 December 2018Accept the definition of compatibility, as the ability of two elements to coexist in the same mosaic. Also replace the zeroth law with the compatibility corollary.Accepted3 June 2020
Sciento-2018-001628 December 2018Accept compatibility as a distinct epistemic stance that can be taken towards epistemic elements of all types. Also accept that compatibility is binary, reflexive, and symmetric. Transitivity of compatibility holds only within mosaics, not in general.Accepted1 October 2021
Sciento-2018-001728 December 2018Accept the new definition of compatibility criteria as criteria for determining whether two elements are compatible or incompatible.Accepted11 October 2020
Sciento-2018-001828 December 2018Accept the new dynamic law of compatibility which specifies how exactly two elements become to be considered compatible or incompatible within a mosaic.Accepted9 October 2021
Sciento-2018-001928 December 2018Accept the new definition of theory acceptance which makes explicit that accepted theories are a subset of scientific theories.Open
Sciento-2018-002028 December 2018Accept the demarcation-acceptance synchronism theorem.Open
Sciento-2019-000122 December 2019Accept that the goal of peer-reviews in the scientonomic workflow is evaluation for pursuitworthiness rather than acceptability.Accepted25 February 2023
Sciento-2019-000222 December 2019Accept that the discussions concerning a suggested modification are to be published once a communal verdict is available. The discussions are to be published in the journal as special commentary articles co-authored by all participants of the discussion or in special edited collections.Accepted25 February 2023
Sciento-2019-000322 December 2019Accept that the commentators of suggested modifications are allowed to suggest reformulations of the original formulations. Also accept that, by default, the new formulation should bear the original author’s name, unless the author decides to give credit to those who significantly contributed to the new reformulation. This should be decided collegially by the author, the commentators, and the editors on a case-by-case basis.Accepted25 February 2023
Sciento-2019-000422 December 2019Accept that an annual book prize is to be offered for extensive participation on the encyclopedia. The winner(s) are to be decided by the encyclopedia editors.Open
Sciento-2019-000522 December 2019Accept that star-ratings are to be introduced for commentators who comment on suggested modifications on the encyclopedia.Not Accepted25 February 2023
Sciento-2019-000622 December 2019Accept that the encyclopedia editors are to be granted official housekeeping rights to handle the ripple effects. Also accept that if the additional required changes are implicit in the suggested modification, the editors should create and alter encyclopedia pages to ensure that the accepted body of scientonomic knowledge is properly documented; if it is conceivable to accept the modification without accepting the ripple effect change in question, the editors should register these changes as new suggested modifications so that the community can discuss and evaluate them in an orderly fashion.Accepted25 February 2023
Sciento-2019-000722 December 2019Accept that the verdict on suggested modifications is to be decided by a communal vote that will follow the discussion period. Have a communal discussion and decide as to what percentage of votes it should take for a modification to be accepted - a simple majority (50% +1), or supermajority of three fifths (60%), two thirds (67%), or three quarters (75%). Also discuss to decide as to how long the discussion period and the voting period should be.Accepted25 February 2023
Sciento-2019-000822 December 2019Accept that a countdown mechanism is to be introduced, where a modification is accepted by default if there are no objections within a 90-day period following its publication.Not Accepted18 October 2022
Sciento-2019-000923 December 2019Accept the definition of implication as a logical transition from one theory to another.Open
Sciento-2019-001023 December 2019Accept the new definitions of sufficient reason, reason, support, and normative inference.Open
Sciento-2019-001123 December 2019Accept the sufficient reason theorem and its deduction from the definition of sufficient reason and the second law.Open
Sciento-2019-001224 December 2019Accept that the phenomenological claims of classical physics are still accepted as the best available descriptions of their respective observable phenomena.Open
Sciento-2019-001324 December 2019Accept the existence of method hierarchies and the new definition of method hierarchy as a set of methods where theories that satisfy the requirements of methods that are higher in the hierarchy are preferred to theories that satisfy the requirements of methods that are lower in the hierarchy. Also accept the question of conceptualizing method hierarchies.Open
Sciento-2019-001426 December 2019Accept the new definition of epistemic agent as an agent capable of taking epistemic stances towards epistemic elements.Accepted11 October 2020
Sciento-2019-001526 December 2019Accept that there are two types of epistemic agents – individual and communal. Also accept the question of applicability of the laws of scientific change to individuals as a legitimate topic of scientonomic inquiry.Accepted10 January 2022
Sciento-2019-001626 December 2019Accept the definition of epistemic tool, stating that a physical object or system is an epistemic tool for an epistemic agent, when there is a procedure by which the tool can provide an acceptable source of knowledge for answering some question under the employed method of that agent.Open
Sciento-2019-001726 December 2019Accept the definitions of authority delegation, and its subtypes, that generalize the currently accepted definitions to apply to all epistemic agents, rather than only communities.Accepted6 February 2023
Sciento-2019-001826 December 2019Accept that the relationship of tool reliance can obtain between epistemic agents and epistemic tools. Also accept the definition of tool reliance, which states that an epistemic agent is said to rely on an epistemic tool when there is a procedure through which the tool can provide an acceptable source of knowledge for answering some question under the employed method of that agent.Open
Sciento-2021-00011 August 2021Accept the definitions of logical presupposition and epistemic presupposition.Accepted6 February 2023
Sciento-2021-00021 August 2021Accept the law of question acceptance as a new scientonomic axiom, the question rejection theorem, and a number of questions for future research.Open
Sciento-2021-00031 August 2021Accept the definition of error, stating that an epistemic agent is said to commit an error if the agent accepts a theory that should not have been accepted given that agent’s employed method.Accepted8 October 2021
Sciento-2021-00041 August 2021Accept that the handling of scientific error, as defined by Machado-Marques and Patton, is compatible with the theory rejection theorem.Accepted8 October 2021
Sciento-2021-00051 August 2021Accept that the phenomenon of element decay exists as a non-scientonomic phenomenon.Not Accepted21 February 2021
Sciento-2021-00061 August 2021Accept new definitions of subquestion, core question, core theory, discipline, delineating theory, subdiscipline, and discipline acceptance.Open
Sciento-2022-000128 February 2022Accept a new model-theoretic definition of scientific mosaic, according to which, a scientific mosaic is a model of all epistemic elements accepted or employed by the epistemic agent.Open
Sciento-2022-000228 February 2022Accept the new law of norm employment that fixes some of the issues of the current law of method employment and makes it applicable to norms of all types.Open
Sciento-2023-000127 December 2023Accept the findings concerning the acceptance and rejection of the existence of high mass-to-light ratios, flat rotation curves, and dark matter by the Western astronomy community.Open
Sciento-2023-000228 December 2023Accept new formulations of the first law for theories, norms, and questions that are in tune with the formulation of the first law. Also accept new formulations of the respective rejection theorems - theory rejection, norm rejection, and question rejection.Open
Sciento-2023-000328 December 2023Accept that the first law and its corollaries are tautologies. Also accept that the rejection theorems are tautologies.Open
Sciento-2023-000431 December 2023Accept that noun-adjective pairs within the RSC can be indicative of communal theory acceptance.Open
Sciento-2023-000531 December 2023Accept the definition of epistemic action as an action of an epistemic agent that involves an epistemic element.Open
Sciento-2023-000631 December 2023Accept that epistemic actions can be local or global. Also accept the definition of global epistemic action as an epistemic action that is available to all epistemic agents trans-historically and universally and the definition of local epistemic action as an epistemic action that is not available trans-historically to all epistemic agents, but is specific to some time periods or some agents.Open
Sciento-2023-000731 December 2023Accept that the a local action A is said to be available to an epistemic agent iff that agent employs the norm “A is permissible/desirable”. Also accept the theorem of local action availability as a deductive consequence of this definition and the law of norm employment: a local epistemic action becomes available to an agent only when its permissibility/desirability is derivable from a non-empty subset of other elements of the agent’s mosaic.Open
Sciento-2023-000831 December 2023Accept the findings concerning the discipline dynamics of alchemy and its core questions in the Western European chymistry community.Open
Sciento-2024-000121 February 2024Accept that the phenomenon of element decay exists.Open
Sciento-2024-000221 February 2024Accept a list of necessary indicators of theory decay.Open
Sciento-2024-000321 February 2024Accept that element decay is a non-scientonomic phenomenon.Open


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Pages in category "Modification"

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