Scientific Mosaic (Barseghyan-2015)
A definition of Scientific Mosaic that states "A set of all accepted theories and employed methods."
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||1 January 2016||The definition became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.||No||17 May 2020||The definition became reject when it was replaced by Scientific Mosaic (Barseghyan-2018).|
Suggestions To Reject
|Modification||Community||Date Suggested||Summary||Verdict||Verdict Rationale||Date Assessed|
|Sciento-2018-0009||Scientonomy||8 October 2018||Accept the new definition of scientific mosaic as a set of all epistemic elements accepted and/or employed by the epistemic agent.||Accepted||Initially, the modification raised an objection from Patton who argued that the modification "is not acceptable at present, because it contains a term; epistemic agent, which has not yet been defined within scientonomy".c1 This objection received two counterarguments. According to Barseghyan, the lack of such a definition of epistemic agent should not "be taken as a reason for postponing the acceptance of the definition of scientific mosaic", since inevitably any taxonomy contains terms that "rely in their definitions on other (yet) undefined terms".c2 This point was seconded by Rawleigh who argued that the definition of scientific mosaic is to be accepted regardless of whether there is an accepted definition of epistemic agent, since "it's de facto accepted already that some agent is required to have a mosaic".c3 In early 2020, Patton dropped his objection as he found that there was "sufficient general understanding of what an epistemic agent is to accept this definition of the scientific mosaic, even without first accepting a definition of epistemic agent".c4 Additionally, Rawleigh argued that the definition is to be accepted since we have "already accepted the revised question-theory ontology".c5||17 May 2020|
Scientific Mosaic (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is scientific mosaic? How should it be defined?
See Scientific Mosaic for more details.
According to this definition, scientific mosaic encompasses all accepted theories and employed methods.1 The definition assumes an ontology of epistemic elements where theories and methods are the only two fundamental entities that undergo scientific change.1
- Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.