Maxim Mirkin

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Maxim Mirkin is a Canadian scientonomist who has worked on the status of technological knowledge in the process of scientific change.

Suggested Modifications

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:

TitleTypeFormulationFormulated In
Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)DefinitionPropositional knowledge that has been openly formulated by the agent.2018
Technological Knowledge as Part of Mosaic (Mirkin-2018)DescriptivePropositional technological knowledge can be accepted and be part of a mosaic.2018
Implicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)DefinitionNot explicit.2018
Explicable-Implicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)DefinitionPropositional knowledge that hasn’t been openly formulated by the agent.2018
Inexplicable (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)DefinitionNon-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:

  • 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?
  • Rejection of Data: When data points are rejected as inaccurate, the First Law (perhaps via the Theory Rejection Theorem) would predict that those propositions are replaced by something. What are they replaced by?


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Related Topics

Status of Technological Knowledge


  1. a b  Mirkin, Maxim. (2018) The Status of Technological Knowledge in the Scientific Mosaic. Scientonomy 2, 39-53. Retrieved from