Outcome Satisfied

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How should the theory assessment outcome satisfied be defined?

As one of possible theory assessment outcomes, this outcome must be properly defined. Thus, what does it mean to say that a theory's assessment outcome was "satisfied".

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Nicholas Overgaard, Hakob Barseghyan and Paul Patton in 2017. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Outcome Satisfied (Patton-Overgaard-Barseghyan-2017) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term. Outcome Satisfied (Patton-Overgaard-Barseghyan-2017) states "The theory is deemed to conclusively meet the requirements of the method employed at the time."


Acceptance Record

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Scientonomy5 February 2017That's when Patton, Overgaard, and Barseghyan (2017) became published, which is an indication that the question itself is considered legitimate.Yes

All Theories

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Outcome Satisfied (Patton-Overgaard-Barseghyan-2017)The theory is deemed to conclusively meet the requirements of the method employed at the time.2017
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Accepted Theories

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ScientonomyOutcome Satisfied (Patton-Overgaard-Barseghyan-2017)29 November 2017

Suggested Modifications

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ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2017-0004Scientonomy5 February 2017Accept the reformulation of the second law which explicitly links theory assessment outcomes with theory acceptance/unacceptance. To that end, accept three new definitions for theory assessment outcomes (satisfied, not satisfied, and inconclusive) as well as the new ontology of theory assessment outcomes, and accept the new definition of employed method.AcceptedThe new formulation of the law became accepted as a result of a communal consensus. It was noted by the commentators that the "modification provides a much improved formulation of the 2nd law".c1 It was noted that the new formulation "decouples the method from acceptance outcomes" and "is needed to avoid a contradiction for cases where assessment by the method is inconclusive, but the theory is accepted".c2 It was agreed that the new law eliminates two of the major flaws of the previous formulation. First, it clearly states the relations between different assessment outcomes and the actual theory acceptance/unacceptance. Second, it clearly forbids certain conceivable courses of events and, thus, doesn't sounds like a tautology.c329 November 2017

Current View

In Scientonomy community, the accepted definition of the term is Outcome Satisfied (Patton-Overgaard-Barseghyan-2017). It is defined as: "The theory is deemed to conclusively meet the requirements of the method employed at the time."

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To say that a theory's assessment by a method produced the outcome "satisfied" is the same as to say that the theory conclusively met the requirements of the method. Read More

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