Maxim Mirkin is a Canadian scientonomist who has worked on the status of technological knowledge in the process of scientific change.
Here are all the modifications suggested by Mirkin:
- Sciento-2018-0011: Accept the three-fold distinction between explicit, explicable-implicit, and inexplicable. The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Hakob Barseghyan and Maxim Mirkin on 28 December 2018.1 The modification was accepted on 1 September 2019. The consensus on this modification emerged primarily off-line. It was agreed that "the modification should be accepted".c1 It was also agreed "that the three-fold distinction is to be accepted as it introduces a distinction between explicable-implicit and inexplicable and thus contributes to the clarity of discussions concerning implicit and explicit."c2
- Sciento-2018-0012: Accept that propositional technological knowledge – i.e. technological questions, theories, and methods – can be part of a mosaic. The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Maxim Mirkin on 28 December 2018.1 The modification was accepted on 11 February 2020. After a series of mostly off-line discussions, it has been agreed that the modification is to be accepted. It was agreed that "Mirkin's discussion of potential counterarguments [are] convincing".c1 The consensus is that "Mirkin presents arguments that technological knowledge, like scientific knowledge, can be accepted and not just used, and argues that there are no good prior reasons to suppose that technological knowledge would not be explicable using established scientonomic laws or patterns of change".c2 There seem to be "no prima facie reasons why changes in technological knowledge should not obey the same patterns of scientific change",c3 especially given that fact that "there is considerable overlap between science and technology, as when an instrument is used to acquire scientific data, and the trustworthiness of this data must be assessed".c4
The following table contains all the theories formulated by Mirkin:
|Technological Knowledge as Part of Mosaic (Mirkin-2018)||Descriptive||Propositional technological knowledge can be accepted and be part of a mosaic.||2018|
|Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)||Definition||Propositional knowledge that has been openly formulated by the agent.||2018|
|Explicit Is a Subtype of Epistemic Element (Mirkin-2018)||Descriptive||Explicit is a subtype of Epistemic Element, i.e. epistemic element is a supertype of explicit.||2018|
|Implicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)||Definition||Not explicit.||2018|
|Implicit Is a Subtype of Epistemic Element (Mirkin-2018)||Descriptive||Implicit is a subtype of Epistemic Element, i.e. epistemic element is a supertype of implicit.||2018|
|Explicable-Implicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)||Definition||Propositional knowledge that hasn’t been openly formulated by the agent.||2018|
|Inexplicable (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)||Definition||Non-propositional knowledge, i.e. knowledge that cannot, even in principle, be formulated as a set of propositions.||2018|
Here are all the questions formulated by Mirkin:
- Associations of Implicit: How is the class of implicit associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between implicits, as well as between an implicit and instances of other classes?
- Disjointness of Explicable-Implicit: What other classes is the class of explicable-implicit disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with explicable-implicit?
- Explicable-Implicit: What is explicable-implicit knowledge? How should it be defined?
- Explicit: What is explicit knowledge? How should it be defined?
- Implicit: What is implicit knowledge? How should it be defined?
- Inexplicable: What is inexplicable knowledge? How should it be defined?
- Mechanism of Error Rejection: When epistemic agent discover that a theory was accepted erroneously, they often reject the theory; the theory rejection theorem suggests that those propositions are replaced by something. What are they replaced by?
- Supertypes of Explicit: What are the supertypes of an explicit?
- Supertypes of Implicit: What are the supertypes of an implicit?
Here are the works of Mirkin included in the bibliographic records of this encyclopedia:
- Barseghyan and Mirkin (2019): Barseghyan, Hakob and Mirkin, Maxim. (2019) The Role of Technological Knowledge in Scientific Change. In Héder and Nádasi (Eds.) (2019), 5-17.
- Mirkin (2018): Mirkin, Maxim. (2018) The Status of Technological Knowledge in the Scientific Mosaic. Scientonomy 2, 39-53. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/29645.
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Status of Technological Knowledge
- a b Mirkin, Maxim. (2018) The Status of Technological Knowledge in the Scientific Mosaic. Scientonomy 2, 39-53. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/29645.