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As the author of the previous formulation of the second law, I admit that it was far from perfect. For one, it sounded like a tautology which is not what the law of theory acceptance should do. Its second major flaw was that it didn't state how exactly a theory is evaluated by the method of the time and what happened as a result of that evaluation. Specifically, it said nothing about the relation between theory assessment outcomes and actual theory acceptance.
In that sense, the new formulation of the law is a great improvement. While the new formulation is much more verbose, it clearly states what happens to a theory under different assessment outcomes.
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