Theory is a set of propositions supporting the same thesis

Theory is a set of propositions supporting the same thesis. It groups propositions into one bigger point of view or problem to be represented. Propositions in the Theory can be additionally grouped if needed, and also differing importance can be set.

Examples of theories:

  • Theory of Evolution
  • Workings of Hyperloop as compared to railroad
  • Impact of legalizing marihuana

Theories have two main aspects - definition and usage.

Definition of Theories

Theories are defined explicitly by creating an instance of entity Theory and filling in appropriate properties. Link to create Theories can be found here - Create a Theory.

Theory have following properties:

  • Name - Theory name.
  • Terms - Theory name is divided into words and/or phrases where each such division token is treated as a Term. If a Term needs to be highlighted by giving explicit meaning, then such Term needs to be linked to appropriate existing Term entity and additionally a Term Instance if specific term variation is used.
  • Explanation - Full text explanation of the Theory. Extra details or information that did not fit into other structured properties can be added. Explanation supports Markdown syntax and can include other Entities.
  • References - One or more reference to outside literature where further information can be found.
  • Propositions - Grouped list of Propositions for this Theory. The list contains items that are either Propositions or Groups of Propositions.
    • Proposition Item:
      • Proposition - Linked Proposition entity
      • Importance - Enumerated importance value: Critical, Default, Low
    • Group Item:
      • Group Name - Short name for the group
      • Html - Full text explanation for the group
      • Importance - Enumerated importance value: Critical, Default, Low
      • List of child Propositions
  • Truth and Validity Properties - A list of epistemic properties for the Theory. These properties are described in a separate page.
  • Context - Specific Context that groups Theories into relevant groups.
  • Tags - One or more tags used to provide simple linking of Entities into simple ad hoc contexts.
  • Url - Sanitized name of the Theory to be used in technical linking of the Theory.

Example Theory can be inspected here:

Theories can be embedded into any full text explanation field by using following syntax:

#theory([Url or text of the Theory])

Usage of Theories

Theories describe very complex ideas that span multiple propositions and stand on their own. Usually they represent the whole scientific theory or proposed project details.

Theories are linked in Articles to clearly represent the main points of the Theories and comment on them.

Last updated on 7/14/2021


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