Monthly Archives: September 2015

In the Way of Inquiry • Objections to Reflexive Inquiry

Inquiry begins when an automatic routine or normal course of activity is interrupted and agents are thrown into doubt concerning what is best to do next and what is really true of their situation.  If this interruptive aspect of inquiry … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Reconciling Accounts

Note.  More drafty thoughts I’ll need to air out over the next few days. The reader may share with the author a feeling of discontent at this juncture, attempting to reconcile the formal intentions of this inquiry with the cardinal … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Material Exigency

Note.  Copy from my last draft that I’ll need to rewrite over the next few days. On the other hand, I have cast this project as an empirical inquiry, proposing to represent experimental hypotheses in the form of computer programs.  … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Formal Apology

Using form in the sense of abstract structure, the focus of my interest in this investigation is limited to the formal properties of inquiry processes.  Among their chief constituents these include all the thinking and unthinking processes that support the … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Justification Trap

There is a particular type of “justification trap” that a person can fall into, of trying to prove the scientific method by solely deductive means, that is, of trying to show that the scientific method is a good method by … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Initial Unpleasantness

Clouds and thunder: The image of Difficulty at the Beginning. Thus the superior man Brings order out of confusion. — I Ching ䷂ Hexagram 3 Inquiry begins in doubt, a debit of certainty and a drought of information that is … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Obstacles

The discussion in this Chapter addresses a set of conceptual and methodological obstacles that stand in the way of the current inquiry, threatening to undermine a reasonable level of confidence in the viability of its proceeding, all of which problems … Continue reading

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