What does it mean to say that a theory is used? How should theory use be defined?
Traditionally, the terms acceptance, use, and pursuit have not been distinguished. Confusion between the three terms leads to serious misunderstanding, thus their clarification is of great importance. 1 Thus, distinguishing between these terms is of great importance.
In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Theory Use (Barseghyan-2015) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term. Theory Use (Barseghyan-2015) states "A theory is said to be used if it is taken as an adequate tool for practical application."
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||1 January 2016||Yes|
|Theory Use (Barseghyan-2015)||A theory is said to be used if it is taken as an adequate tool for practical application.||2015|
|Community||Theory||Accepted From||Accepted Until|
|Scientonomy||Theory Use (Barseghyan-2015)||1 January 2016|
In Scientonomy community, the accepted definition of the term is Theory Use (Barseghyan-2015). It is defined as: "A theory is said to be used if it is taken as an adequate tool for practical application."
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- Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.