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You Can't Go Home Again - or Can you? 'Replication' Indeterminacy and 'Location' Incommensurability in Three Biological Re-Surveys

Shavit, Ayelet (2014) You Can't Go Home Again - or Can you? 'Replication' Indeterminacy and 'Location' Incommensurability in Three Biological Re-Surveys. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Reproducing empirical results and repeating experimental processes is fundamental to science, but is of grave concern to scientists. Revisiting the same location is necessary for tracking biological processes, yet I argue that ‘location’ and ‘replication’ contain a basic ambiguity. The analysis of the practical meanings of ‘replication’ and ‘location’ will strip of incommensurability from its common conflation with empirical equivalence, underdetermination and indeterminacy of reference. In particular, I argue that three biodiversity re-surveys, conducted by the research institutions of Harvard, Berkeley, and Hamaarag, all reveal incommensurability without indeterminacy in the smallest spatial scale, and indeterminacy without incommensurability in higher scales.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Shavit, Ayeletashavit@telhai.ac.il
Keywords: replication, location, biodiversity, incommensurability, indeterminacy and empirical equivalence.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Ayelet Shavit
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 18:29
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 18:29
Item ID: 10876
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 1 March 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10876

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