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Scientific Revolutions, Abductive Reasoning, and Autism

Griswold, Alan (2024) Scientific Revolutions, Abductive Reasoning, and Autism. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Thomas Kuhn’s depiction of scientific revolution has much in common with Charles Sanders Peirce’s portrayal of abductive reasoning, with each notion outlining a template for the overthrow and reconstruction of contextual frameworks. Such upheavals are often ignited by a single individual and can be idiosyncratic and iconoclastic in nature. Accordingly, this essay explores the role autism plays in both scientific revolution and abductive reasoning, with an emphasis on the atypical perceptual characteristics that autistic individuals bring to the human population, characteristics focused intensely on the underlying structural features to be found in the human environment. The observation is then made that the community-laden practices of modern science have been systematically suppressing atypical perspectives, leading to a current paucity of scientific revolution.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Griswold, Alangrizzalan@gmail.com
Keywords: Scientific revolution Abductive reasoning Autism Behavioral modernity Thomas Kuhn Charles Sanders Peirce
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Developmental Psychology
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Mr. Alan Griswold
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2024 12:37
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2024 12:37
Item ID: 22947
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Developmental Psychology
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Social Psychology
Date: 9 January 2024
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22947

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