Status of Technological Knowledge

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What is the status of technological knowledge in the scientific mosaic? Can technological knowledge be accepted into a mosaic?

Nicholas Overgaard explains the topic

Consider typical instances of technological knowledge such as "x is an effective treatment for medical condition y", "z is a useful technology for bridge-building", "p is a statistically valid technique for assessing public opinion about q". While these techniques will naturally qualify as being used, the question is whether these propositions should also be classified as accepted.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Sean Cohmer in 2015. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the question has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.


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Scientonomy1 January 2016It was acknowledged as an open question by the Scientonomy Seminar 2015.Yes

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Technological Knowledge as Part of Mosaic (Mirkin-2018)Propositional technological knowledge can be accepted and be part of a mosaic2018
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ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0012Scientonomy28 December 2018Accept that propositional technological knowledge – i.e. technological questions, theories, and methods – can be part of a mosaic.AcceptedAfter a series of mostly off-line discussions, it has been agreed that the modification is to be accepted. It was agreed that "Mirkin's discussion of potential counterarguments [are] convincing".c1 The consensus is that "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".c2 There seem to be "no prima facie reasons why changes in technological knowledge should not obey the same patterns of scientific change",c3 especially given that fact 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".c411 February 2020

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