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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120109/from-sinks-to-webs-critical-social-science-after-the-fact-value-distinction
#1
Philip S Gorski
The fact-value distinction is leaky.  The problem is not just that values can color facts.  The reverse is also true: facts are also entangled with values.  Nor is that the end of the matter. The concepts of fact and value are not epistemologically or ethically neutral either. It is time to abandon the quest for axiological neutrality in favor of systematic attention to the complex relationship between the descriptive and the normative. Instead of attempting to be neutral, social scientists should strive to combine engagement with open-mindedness...
November 2017: Canadian Review of Sociology, Revue Canadienne de Sociologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077934/interdependence-reflexivity-fidelity-impedance-matching-and-the-evolution-of-genetic-coding
#2
Charles W Carter, Peter R Wills
Genetic coding is generally thought to have required ribozymes whose functions were taken over by polypeptide aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRS). Two discoveries about aaRS and their interactions with tRNA substrates now furnish a unifying rationale for the opposite conclusion: that the key processes of the Central Dogma of molecular biology emerged simultaneously and naturally from simple origins in a peptide•RNA partnership, eliminating the epistemological utility of a prior RNA world. First, the two aaRS classes likely arose from opposite strands of the same ancestral gene, implying a simple genetic alphabet...
October 24, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063995/psychology-as-a-science-of-subject-and-comportment-beyond-the-mind-and-behavior
#3
Marino Pérez-Álvarez
The turn of qualitative inquiry suggests a more open, plural conception of psychology than just the science of the mind and behavior as it is most commonly defined. Historical, ontological and epistemological binding of this conception of psychology to the positivist method of natural science may have exhausted its possibilities, and after having contributed to its prestige as a science, has now become an obstacle. It is proposed that psychology be reconceived as a science of subject and comportment in the framework of a contextual hermeneutic, social, human behavioral science...
October 24, 2017: Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048196/using-intersectionality-responsibly-toward-critical-epistemology-structural-analysis-and-social-justice-activism
#4
Bonnie Moradi, Patrick R Grzanka
The increasing popularity of the concept of intersectionality in the social sciences, including in psychology, represents an opportunity to reflect on the state of stewardship of this concept, its roots, and its promise. In this context, the authors aim to promote responsible stewardship of intersectionality and to tip the momentum of intersectionality's flourishing toward fuller use and engagement of its roots and promise for understanding and challenging dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression. To this end, this article provides a set of guidelines for reflection and action...
October 2017: Journal of Counseling Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038652/hierarchical-recursive-organization-and-the-free-energy-principle-from-biological-self-organization-to-the-psychoanalytic-mind
#5
Patrick Connolly, Vasi van Deventer
The present paper argues that a systems theory epistemology (and particularly the notion of hierarchical recursive organization) provides the critical theoretical context within which the significance of Friston's (2010a) Free Energy Principle (FEP) for both evolution and psychoanalysis is best understood. Within this perspective, the FEP occupies a particular level of the hierarchical organization of the organism, which is the level of biological self-organization. This form of biological self-organization is in turn understood as foundational and pervasive to the higher levels of organization of the human organism that are of interest to both neuroscience as well as psychoanalysis...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033228/epigenetics-a-way-to-bridge-the-gap-between-biological-fields
#6
Antonine Nicoglou, Francesca Merlin
The concept of epigenetics has evolved since Waddington defined it from the late 1930s as the study of the causal mechanisms at work in development. It has become a multi-faceted notion with different meanings, depending on the disciplinary context it is used. In this article, we first analyse the transformations of the concept of epigenetics, from Waddington to contemporary accounts, in order to identify its different meanings and traditions, and to come up with a typology of epigenetics throughout its history...
October 13, 2017: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958214/conceptualizing-suffering-and-pain
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Noelia Bueno-Gómez
BACKGROUND: This article aims to contribute to a better conceptualization of pain and suffering by providing non-essential and non-naturalistic definitions of both phenomena. Contributions of classical evidence-based medicine, the humanistic turn in medicine, as well as the phenomenology and narrative theories of suffering and pain, together with certain conceptions of the person beyond them (the mind-body dichotomy, Cassel's idea of persons as "intact beings") are critically discussed with such purpose...
September 29, 2017: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine: PEHM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956412/clinical-judgment-is-a-schema-conceptual-proposals-and-training-perspectives
#8
Marc Nagels
Clinical judgment is a critical concept for the development of nursing and nursing education. Its theoretical origins are multiple and its definition is not yet consensus. The analysis of the scientific and professional literature shows heterogeneous and dispersed points of views, notably on the role of intuition, on its cognitive and metacognitive dimensions, and on its proximity to other concepts. Between professional stakes and epistemological constructions, clinical judgment is still an emerging concept...
August 17, 2017: Recherche en Soins Infirmiers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956071/-an-archive-for-science-state-and-nation-climatological-data-practices-in-switzerland-1860-1914
#9
Franziska Hupfer
In the second half of the nineteenth century, most European countries began to finance weather observation networks. As a result, climatological data practices changed fundamentally. Using the example of Switzerland, this paper examines the political, institutional and methodological dimensions of national data archives. The institutionalization of data collection within the national framework meant, on the one hand, that more observations were systematically made and published. On the other hand, it also meant that the monitoring was connected to state boundaries...
December 2017: NTM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944638/-unknown-title
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Clinical judgment is a critical concept for the development of nursing and nursing education. Its theoretical origins are multiple and its definition is not yet consensus. The analysis of the scientific and professional literature shows heterogeneous and dispersed points of views, notably on the role of intuition, on its cognitive and metacognitive dimensions, and on its proximity to other concepts. Between professional stakes and epistemological constructions, clinical judgment is still an emerging concept...
August 17, 2017: Recherche en Soins Infirmiers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943341/a-causal-framework-for-integrating-contemporary-and-vedic-holism
#11
REVIEW
John Kineman
Whereas the last Century of science was characterized by epistemological uncertainty; the current Century will likely be characterized by ontological complexity (Gorban and Yablonsky, 2013). Advances in Systems Theory by mathematical biologist Robert Rosen suggest an elegant way forward (Rosen, 2013). "R-theory" (Kineman, 2012) is a synthesis of Rosen's theories explaining complexity and life in terms of a meta-model for 'whole' systems (and their fractions) in terms of "5(th)-order holons". Such holons are Rosen modeling relations relating system-dependent processes with their formative contexts via closed cycles of four archetypal (Aristotelian) causes...
September 21, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926777/experience-as-knowledge-disability-distillation-and-reprogenetic-decision-making
#12
Felicity K Boardman
'Experiential knowledge' is increasingly recognised as an important influence on reproductive decision-making. 'Experiential knowledge of disability' in particular is a significant resource within prenatal testing/screening contexts, enabling prospective parents to imagine and appraise future lives affected by disability. However, the concept of 'experiential knowledge' has been widely critiqued for its idiosyncrasy, its impermanence and consequently its perceived inferiority to (medical) knowledge. This paper explores some of these key critiques of experiential knowledge through an analysis of its constitution and uses in the context of reproductive decision-making...
September 8, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845827/non-conventional-practice-versus-evidence-based-medicine-a-scientific-and-ethical-analysis-of-the-italian-regulation
#13
Sara Patuzzo, Rosagemma Ciliberti
BACKGROUND: The current lack of scientific validation of non-conventional treatments in medicine, whose epistemological foundations lie in scientific evidence and experimentation, raises significant questions regarding the costs and benefits of alternative-treatment forms. Nonetheless, in the last few decades non-conventional treatments have been increasingly recognised by the Italian medical profession, with one regional healthcare administration adopting some non-conventional practices as part of its conventional healthcare services...
August 23, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809178/how-can-health-information-technologies-contribute-to-improve-health-care-services-for-high-need-patients
#14
Christian Nøhr, Lars Botin, Xinxin Zhu
This paper discusses how health information technologies like tele-care, tele-health and tele-medicine can improve the condition for high-need patients, specifically in relation to access. The paper addresses specifically the values of timeliness and equity and how tele technological solutions can support and enhance these values. The paper introduces to the concept of scaffolding, which constitutes the framework for dynamic, appropriate, caring and embracing approaches for engaging and involving high-need patients that are vulnerable and exposed...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761017/social-behavioural-epistemology-and-the-scientific-community
#15
Milind Watve
The progress of science is influenced substantially by social behaviour of and social interactions within the scientific community. Similar to innovations in primate groups, the social acceptance of an innovation depends not only upon the relevance of the innovation but also on the social dominance and connectedness of the innovator. There are a number of parallels between many well-known phenomena in behavioural evolution and various behavioural traits observed in the scientific community. It would be useful, therefore, to use principles of behavioural evolution as hypotheses to study the social behaviour of the scientific community...
July 2017: Journal of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757490/the-philosophical-genealogy-of-taylor-s-social-imaginaries-a-complex-history-of-ideas-and-predecessors
#16
Guido M Vanheeswijck
The deepest sources of Charles Taylor's use of the concept "social imaginaries" are often related to political philosophy or social anthropology (Anderson, Castoriadis). The purpose of this article is to show that they also form part of Taylor's struggle to overcome the epistemological construal in modern philosophy and culture. Taylor locates the concept "social imaginaries" in the Kantian tradition, identifying their role to that of transcendental schemes. However, there remains a central difference between Kant's transcendental schemes and Taylor's social imaginaries...
2017: Journal of the History of Ideas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743302/cognition-culture-and-utility-plant-classification-by-paraguayan-immigrant-farmers-in-misiones-argentina
#17
Monika Kujawska, N David Jiménez-Escobar, Justin M Nolan, Daniel Arias-Mutis
BACKGROUND: This study was conducted in three rural communities of small farmers of Paraguayan origin living in the province of Misiones, Argentina. These Criollos (Mestizos) hail chiefly from departments located in the east of Paraguay, where the climate and flora have similar characteristics as those in Misiones. These ecological features contribute to the continuation and maintenance of knowledge and practices related to the use of plants. METHODS: Fieldwork was conducted between September 2014 and August 2015...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730911/important-learning-factors-in-high-and-low-achieving-students-in-undergraduate-biomechanics
#18
ChengTu Hsieh, Duane Knudson
The purpose of the present study was to document crucial factors associated with students' learning of biomechanical concepts, particularly between high- and-low achieving students. Students (N = 113) from three introductory biomechanics classes at two public universities volunteered for the study. Two measures of students' learning were obtained, final course grade and improvement on the Biomechanics Concept Inventory version 3 administered before and after the course. Participants also completed a 15-item questionnaire documenting student learning characteristics, effort, and confidence...
July 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714437/the-pragmatic-utility-of-watson-based-caring-measures
#19
REVIEW
Huda Atiyeh, Muayyad Ahmad, Eman Tariq Alslman, Manar Ali Bani Hani
PURPOSE: This study aims to clarify the caring concept with emphasis on the pragmatic utility of caring measures. METHOD: The Morse et al. (Morse, Hupcey, Mitcham, & Lenz, 1996; Morse, Mitcham, Hupcey, & Tasón, 1996) criteria for concept maturity were used as a framework. A literature review of Watson-based caring concept was undertaken to evaluate the logical, epistemological, linguistical, and pragmatic parameters. RESULTS: The concept of caring as conceptualized by Watson and operationalized through different measures appeared mature...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Nursing Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570380/rigor-or-reliability-and-validity-in-qualitative-research-perspectives-strategies-reconceptualization-and-recommendations
#20
Brigitte S Cypress
Issues are still raised even now in the 21st century by the persistent concern with achieving rigor in qualitative research. There is also a continuing debate about the analogous terms reliability and validity in naturalistic inquiries as opposed to quantitative investigations. This article presents the concept of rigor in qualitative research using a phenomenological study as an exemplar to further illustrate the process. Elaborating on epistemological and theoretical conceptualizations by Lincoln and Guba, strategies congruent with qualitative perspective for ensuring validity to establish the credibility of the study are described...
July 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
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