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Everyday Practice of ScienceWhere Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic$
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Frederick Grinnell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195064575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195064575.001.0001

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CREDIBILITY

CREDIBILITY

Validating Discovery Claims

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(p.59) 3 CREDIBILITY
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Everyday Practice of Science
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Frederick Grinnell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195064575.003.0003

Chapter 3 describes how, through the credibility process, the individual's mine, here, now transforms into the community's anyone, anywhere, anytime. The possibility of credible knowledge represents a fundamental belief of science that originates in the repeatability, continuity, and intersubjectivity of everyday life experience. The credibility process involves insiders and outsiders with respect to every discovery claim. Interaction and confrontation of their respective thought styles becomes the dialectic of this process. Discovery claims made credible will be incorporated into and refashion the community's prevailing thought style — the more novel a discovery claim, the greater its potential impact. Novelty also challenges intersubjectivity, and highly novel discovery claims sometimes are received with skepticism by the research community. What appears credible one day may be viewed as error the next, and vice versa, hence the self-correcting feature of science.

Keywords:   community, credibility, discovery claim, error, individual, intersubjectivity, novelty, self-correcting, skepticism, thought style

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