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Deflating Science

DEFLATING “SCIENCE”
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The Discipline of Science Consists of:

1) An aesthetic discipline – the search for status, power(influence), and profit through the acquisition of decidability (truth) and recipe (knowledge) and ‘stories’ (narratives), by observation, free association, and the elimination of ignorance thru deceit.

2) A technical discipline – the application and inventions of measures both physical, logical, and social(market) that reduce our possibility of engaging in ignorance thru deceit, leaving only truthful candidates for decidability, recipe and story.

3) A moral discipline – the means of describing and publishing our measurements, decidability, recipe, and stories by performing due diligence against: ignorance thru deceit, and publishing (speaking) the measurements, decidability, recipes, and ‘stories’ for testing by the market for measurements, decidability, recipes, and stories, consisting of others who share the aesthetic discipline of searching for status, power(influence) and profit through the acquisition of decidability(truth) reciepe(knowledge) and stories(narratives.)

MAN IS THE MEASURE – THE UNIT OF COMMENSURABILITY

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THE EPISTEMIC METHOD

There exists only one epistemological method for the discovery of recipes and theories:

– Observation->perception,
– Free association-> wayfinding,
– Hypothesis->construction,
– Theory->survival from criticism,
– Law->survival in the market for criticism,
– Habituation -> survival,
– Metaphysical inclusion -> replication.

Within this method we find special cases of the epistemological method: non-contradiction, apriorisms, simplicity – in the same way we discover special cases of prime numbers – and for the same reason: coincidence of simplicities amidst the chaos of possibilities.

But we eventually run low on simplicities at any given level of precision, and must develop new logical and physical and moral instrumentation in order to obtain sufficient information to discover more simplicities at greater precision.

All the while defending against our tendencies to engage in error, bias,wishful thinking, suggestion, obscurantism, pseudoscience, pseudorationalism, pseudo-moralism, and deceit.

THE DIMENSIONS OF TESTING

To warranty our speech against the dark forces of error, bias, and deceit, we can test each existentially possible dimension – in which humans can act – against error, bias, and deceit.

– Categorical Consistency – identity
– Logical Consistency – internal correspondence
– Empirical Consistency – external correspondence
– Existential Consistency – operational correspondence
– Moral Consistency – reciprocal correspondence
– Scope Consistency – full accounting – dimensional correspondence.

PARTIAL TESTING : THE SPECIAL CASE: APRIORISM

1) Apriorism is but a special case of Empiricism, just as Prime Numbers are a special case in mathematics, and just as is any set of operations that returns a natural number; and again, is a special case, just as contradiction is a special case in logic.The laws of triangles form a particularly useful set of special cases.

2) Few (possibly no non-tautological, or at least non-reductio) aprioristic statements survive scope consistency (I can find none in economics that are actionable).

3) We can establish free associations(hypotheses) empirically (top down) or constructively (bottom up). But the method of discovery places no truth constraint on the statement. All must survive the full test of dimensions.

4) This does NOT mean that we cannot use a ‘partial truth’ (an hypothesis that does not survive all six dimensions) to search for further associations (partial search criteria). It is this UTILITY IN SEARCHING that we have converted first into reason, second into rationalism, third into empiricism, fourth in to operationalism, and fifth into scope consistency, and sixth into ‘natural law’ or morality or ‘voluntary cooperation’ – volition which is necessary to ensure the information quality in small groups, just as norms and laws are necessary methods of establishing limits in larger groups, just as money is necessary for producing actionable information in very large groups.

5) there is but one epistemological method: accumulate information, identify pattern, search for hypothesis, criticize hypothesis to produce a theory, distribute the theory (speak), let others criticize the theory until it fails, or we create a conceptual norm of it (law), and finally until we habituate it entirely (metaphysical judgment).

THE OUTPUTS OF THE DISCIPLINE OF SCIENCE

1) Stories (Theories): Theories describe an Opportunity Field.

2) Decidability (Instruments): Decidability describes objects, relations, values, and comparison operators.

3) Recipes (Operations or ‘transformations’): Recipes describe actionable knowledge that we can use to transform state.

4) Measurements (‘Facts’): Measurements describe (obviously) the operations and resulting measurements of objects, relations, and values.

THIS COMPLETES THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

This process constitutes the completion of the scientific method for the warranty of due diligence of one’s testimony in every domain of human inquiry without exception.

Now, lets look at its uses…

THE MEASURE

1) Meaning (Awareness) ….True enough to imagine a conceptual relationship
2) Preference ….True enough for me to feel good about.
3) Actionability ….True enough for me to take actions that produce positive results.
4) Morality ….True enough for me to not cause others to react negatively to me.
5) Rationality ….True enough to resolve a conflict without subjective opinion among my fellow people with similar values.
6) Decidability ….True enough to resolve a conflict without subjective opinion across different peoples with different values.
7) Truth ….True regardless of all opinions or perspectives.
8) Tautology ….Tautologically true: in that the two things are equal.

THE MARKETS
There is nothing special about physical science other than philosophy was free of COST constraints but held by moral constraints, and science was free of MORAL constraints as well as cost constraints, and judicial law was bound by both.

Personal
Associative
Cooperative
Reproductive
Productive
Commons
Polities

DISCIPLINES:
0 – Sentience (cognitive science – limits of cognition)
1 – Philosophy (science of truthful speech)
2 – Law (social/cooperative science)
3 – Economics (organizational science)
4 – Mathematics ( science of measurement )
5 – Physical Science (physical sciences of the universe)
6 – Technology (physical sciences in materials)
7 – Engineering, (physical sciences in construction)
8 – Commerce,

THE VALUE OF OUTPUTS OF THE DISCIPLINE OF SCIENCE

Stories (Opportunities [search]) :

Decidabilty (Choice / Persuade / Decide:)

Recipies (Transformations):

Measurements (facts):

THE DEFLATION OF “THEORY/THEORIES”

The Story of a theory can fail.
The Decidability can fail.
The Recipe can fail
The Measurements can fail.

Newton’s Story failed, but his Decidability, and Recipe, and Measurements survive. So while hypotheses fail, it is not necessarily true that theories fail, so much as we continuously improve the precision of those narratives, decidability, recipe and measurements.

Why? Because the question itself frames the theory. In other words, if we are asking about gravity, newtons question, his decidability, his recipes, all survive and constitute the majority of calculations we perform to this day.

Measurement provides a means of warranty of due diligence against ignorance, error, bias, wishful thinking, suggestion, obscurantism, and deceit.

And in fact, we can state that all logical methods constitute some means of measurement. Anything that is testable constitutes a measure. The question is only what dimensions of relations that we wish to measure, and the constancy of those relations.

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