Scientific Mosaic (Rawleigh-2022)

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This is a definition of Scientific Mosaic that states "A model of all epistemic elements accepted or employed by the epistemic agent."

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This definition of Scientific Mosaic was formulated by William Rawleigh in 2022.1

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Sciento-2022-0001 Scientonomy 28 February 2022 Accept a new model-theoretic definition of scientific mosaic, according to which, a scientific mosaic is a model of all epistemic elements accepted or employed by the epistemic agent. Open

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Scientific Mosaic (Rawleigh-2022) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is scientific mosaic? How should it be defined?

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Rather than conceiving a scientific mosaic as a simple set-theoretic unity of epistemic elements, this definition is model-theoretic: it replaces the explicitly set-theoretic wording “set of all epistemic elements” with a semantic “model of all accepted elements”.1p. 91 The definition considers a scientific mosaic to be a model for interpreting all natural language sentences, whether those be observational, theoretical, or simply ordinary conversational sentences.

TODO: Add Rawleigh's discussion from his 2022.


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  1. a b  Rawleigh, William. (2022) Reconceiving Scientific Mosaics: A New Formalization for Theoretical Scientonomy. In Barseghyan et al. (Eds.) (2022), 83-103.