Modification talk:Sciento-2018-0012

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Commenting on this modification is closed; the modification is accepted.


Hakob Barseghyan

17 months ago
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While clearly more work needs to be done to understand the intricate relationships between technological and scientific knowledge, I agree with Mirkin that technological knowledge is not merely about use: there is such a thing as accepted technological knowledge. I find Mirkin's discussion of potential counterarguments convincing. The historical cases he discusses in this paper do a good job illustrating his theoretical point. As such, my verdict is to accept the modification and move towards discussing the questions concerning the intricacies of the typology of technological knowledge and its role in the process of scientific change.

Paul Patton

17 months ago
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I believe that the modification should be accepted. 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. There is reason to believe 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. Both scientific and technological considerations will come into play (for example, a technological explanation in terms of the malfunction of the instrument might be considered if the data obtained are unexpected under accepted theories. The unexpected data might be accepted as constituting an anomaly only after such technological explanations are carefully considered and ruled out) Thus Mirkin's argument that the same concepts are applicable to both is reassuring.

Hakob Barseghyan

5 months ago
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To sum up the discussions concerning this modification that happen primarily off-line: the community seems to have no objections against this modification. It is taken as given these days that technological knowledge can be and often is accepted by different epistemic agents. There are also no prima facie reasons why changes in technological knowledge should not obey the same patterns of scientific change. In fact, all the examples discussed online and off-line suggest that the patterns of scientific change are exactly the same, especially given the simple fact that technological and scientific knowledge are very often intricately intertwined (as shown by Mirkin). So the communal verdict is to accept the modification.

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