Group (Overgaard-2017)

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This is a definition of Group that states "Two or more people who share any characteristic."

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This definition of Group was formulated by Nicholas Overgaard in 2017.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term.

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Scientonomy2 February 2018The definition became accepted as a result of the acceptance of the respective suggested modification.Yes

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Modification Community Date Suggested Summary Verdict Verdict Rationale Date Assessed
Sciento-2017-0012 Scientonomy 19 May 2017 Accept a new taxonomy for group and its two sub-types - accidental group, and community. Accepted A consensus has emerged after a long discussion that the distinction and the respective definitions should be accepted. It was noted that "these formulations tend to be the starting point for so many of our discussions"c1 and that "despite all disagreements that this taxonomy causes, it is actually accepted by the community".c2 Yet, it was also indicated that whereas the definition of group as "two or more people that share a characteristic" is the best we have at the moment, it may be potentially necessary to pursue the idea of redefining it as "one or more people..." to allow for one-scientist communities.c3 Finally, while a question was raised whether there is any "value in defining accidental groups as something separate from groups",c4 it was eventually agreed that it is important to draw "a clear distinction between the two kinds of groups as accidental groups and communities".c5 2 February 2018

Question Answered

Group (Overgaard-2017) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is group? How should it be defined?

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In Overgaard's taxonomy, the term group refers to the most basic societal entity - a set of two or more people. As such, it is meant to play the role of the most abstract class which has two sub-classes - community and accidental group.1


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  1. a b  Overgaard, Nicholas. (2017) A Taxonomy for the Social Agents of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 1, 55-62. Retrieved from