Mechanism of Method Rejection
When does an employed method become rejected?
In addition to describing how a method becomes employed, a theory of scientific change must also address the circumstances under which a community would alter their employed method. This question seeks to describe what happens to other elements in the mosaic when a community undergoes such a change.
In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2016. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Method Rejection theorem (Barseghyan-2015) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available answer to the question. It is formulated as: "A method ceases to be employed only when other methods that are incompatible with the method become employed."
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|Scientonomy||1 January 2016||The is when the community accepted its first answer to the question, Method Rejection theorem (Barseghyan-2015), which indicates that the question is itself legitimate.||Yes|
|Method Rejection theorem (Barseghyan-2015)||A method ceases to be employed only when other methods that are incompatible with the method become employed.||2015|
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In Scientonomy, the accepted answer to the question is Method Rejection theorem (Barseghyan-2015).
Method Rejection theorem (Barseghyan-2015) states: "A method ceases to be employed only when other methods that are incompatible with the method become employed."
According to the method rejection theorem, a method ceases to be employed only when other methods that are incompatible with it become employed. By the first law for methods, an employed method will remain employed until it is replaced by other methods. By the compatibility corollary, the elements of the scientific mosaic are compatible with each other at any moment of time. Thus, a method can only become rejected when it is replaced by an incompatible method or methods.1 2
This question is a subquestion of Mechanism of Scientific Change.
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This topic is also related to the following topic(s):
- Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.
- Fraser, Patrick and Sarwar, Ameer. (2018) A Compatibility Law and the Classification of Theory Change. Scientonomy 2, 67-82. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/31278.