Selective Realism vs. Individual Realism for Scientific Creativity

Creativity Studies 10 (1):97-107 (2017)
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Abstract

Individual realism asserts that our best scientific theories are (approximately) true. In contrast, selective realism asserts that only the stable posits of our best scientific theories are true. Hence, individual realism recommends that we accept more of what our best scientific theories say about the world than selective realism does. The more scientists believe what their theories say about the world, the more they are motivated to exercise their imaginations and think up new theories and experiments. Therefore, individual realism better fosters scientific creativity than selective realism.

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Seungbae Park
Ulsan National Institute Of Science And Technology

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