Cyrus Al-Zayadi

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Cyrus Al-Zayadi is a Canadian scientonomist notable for his work on disciplines in scientonomic ontology.

Suggested Modifications

Here are all the modifications suggested by Al-Zayadi:

  • Sciento-2021-0006: Accept new definitions of subquestion, core question, core theory, discipline, delineating theory, subdiscipline, and discipline acceptance. The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Paul Patton and Cyrus Al-Zayadi on 1 August 2021.1 The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.


The following table contains all the theories formulated by Al-Zayadi:

TitleTypeFormulationFormulated In
Core Theory (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)DefinitionA core theory of a discipline is a theory presupposed by the discipline’s core questions.2021
Subquestion (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)DefinitionA question Q is a subquestion of another question Q’, iff any direct answer to Q is also a partial answer to Q’.2021
Core Question (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)DefinitionA core question of a discipline is a question identified in the discipline’s delineating theory as definitive of the discipline.2021
Discipline Acceptance (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)DefinitionA discipline is said to be accepted by an epistemic agent if that agent accepts the core questions specified in the discipline’s delineating theory as well as the delineating theory itself.2021
Subdiscipline (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)DefinitionA discipline A is a subdiscipline of another discipline B, iff the set of questions of A, QA, is a proper subset of the questions of B, QB, i.e. QAQB.2021
Delineating Theory (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)DefinitionA second-order theory identifying the set of core questions of a discipline.2021
Discipline (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)DefinitionA discipline is characterized by (1) a non-empty set of core questions Q and (2) the delineating theory stating that Q are the core questions of the discipline.2021


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  1. ^  Patton, Paul and Al-Zayadi, Cyrus. (2021) Disciplines in the Scientonomic Ontology. Scientonomy 4, 59-85. Retrieved from