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Scientific Experiments Beyond Surprise and Beauty

Kozlov, Anatolii (2023) Scientific Experiments Beyond Surprise and Beauty. [Preprint]

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Some experimental results in science are productively surprising or beautiful. Such results are disruptive in their epistemic nature: by violating epistemic expectations they mark the phenomenon at hand as worthy of further investigation. Could it be that there are emotions beyond these two which are also useful for the epistemic evaluation of scientific experiments? Here, I conduct a structured sociological survey to explore affective experiences in scientific experimental research. I identify that learning the results of an experiment is the high emotional point in the experimenting process. Thus, experimental results can be challenging, beautiful, or boring, and they can worry, amuse, make one sad, and so on. They can also drive meta-cognitive evaluations as well as motivate specific research-related actions. From this, I advance two claims: that emotions beyond surprise and disruptive beauty are epistemically useful in empirical research, and that emotions help to overcome specific challenges of reasoning about new experimental results.

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Item Type: Preprint
Kozlov, Anatoliianatolii.kozlov@outlook.com0000-0003-0504-809X
Keywords: Scientific experiments, emotions in science, empirical philosophy, aesthetics of science
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Anatolii Kozlov
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2023 12:55
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2023 12:55
Item ID: 22312
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2023

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