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December 17, 2011


Theories, Blind men-Elephant And Peer-Review


A. Theory, the first of several definitions:

The analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another.


B. Enlightenment, a philosophical movement of the 18th century, characterized by belief in the power of human reason and by innovations in political, religious, and educational doctrine.


C. The tale re the blind men and elephant:


D. Peer-review:

A process by which something proposed (as for research or publication) is evaluated by a group of experts in the appropriate field.


E. AAAS peer-review:


F. What kind of enlightenment can re-evolve in a counter-enlightenment culture, in which scientific theories postulated by “blind men” are selectively “certified”  or “rejected” by an omnipotent blind-men trade-union-association?


Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)

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