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Rohan Somji

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Formulating & interpreting known theories holistically & interpolating all fields of knowledge by studying history of Science & Philosophy.

Theories of science, commerce, economics, laws & its interpretations have arisen from their roots in western philosophy. We will explore the connections between them by studying the relations between theories over the millennia & understand the concepts the authors of the theories had in mind & how the concepts transformed to what they are now .
The idea developed independently by a colleague & me, when put into words seemed to encompass a concept outlined by Thomas Kuhn in ‘‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions’’. It posited that theories are not just accumulated but are sometimes broken down & assimilated overtime creating significant modern explanations of our world. We wish to put it in action.
We will begin with Aristotle & see how each philosophy is interrelated & reach modern times. Once we see the accumulations, dissociations & assimilations of theories, we can see how we arrived to the theories of the present & see what stage of development are they in.
Then Gaps bridging various fields can be filled by interpolating the close fields.
We can estimate the pace at which modern science is progressing by empirically noting the no of paradigm shifts per century & see the rate of increase of paradigm shifts to see the rate at which we are going now.
We can notice the environment of specific fields & check if it is about to be merged, be extinct or going to go through just more accumulation of facts or a revolutionary change, by comparing it with similar kinds of environments that existed before.
We will know which modern hypothesis & interpretations have to be discarded as some will indicate signs of a incompatibility with the flow of ideas & many interpretations of various fields showing signs of being premature or primitive.
We will be able to interpret the world through the eyes of all scientific disciplines, throw out redundancies in theories & resolve paradoxes
Some theories will be firmly established and Ethics will be restructured to be naturalistic.

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    May 21 2013: If I were you I would not narrow my hunt to expositions that explore every possible connection. I am also not a historian of science or in the field of intellectual history, so I am not the person to point you to your best resources. To which discipline are you connected?

    Some ideas that jump out to me are to look at something like network modeling to see how those who write in that field demonstrate the applications of their models across varied disciplines.

    Another fruitful area to examine are expositions of models of all sorts of natural phenomena using chaos theory, like Wolfram's book A New Kind of Science.

    Another is Godel, Escher, Bach.

    There was a book some years ago called Metapatterns.you might look at.

    There are sites online that attempt to make concrete the Glass Bead Game described in Herman Hesse's Magister Ludi.

    Behavioral economics makes assumptions based on psychology and biology. Evolutionary economics may as well.

    And here is another: http://xtf.lib.virginia.edu/xtf/view?docId=DicHist/uvaBook/tei/DicHist1.xml

    And Mortimer Adler's The Great Conversation and Syntopicon...
    • Jun 12 2013: thanks a lot for pointing out some really helpful resources for us. What I want to do is kind of similar to Mortimer Adler's Syntopicon, except it shall be more comprehensive, & exploring more than just influences of ideas on each other & the world.
      Network Modelling is already part of our project.
      Godel's work will be read in accordance to our chronological reading order.
      And yes the end result of our work is supposed to impact every field the way Psychology has impacted economics in creating Behavioural Economics.
      I have started reading Syntopicon already, I am able to see glimpses of a few things, I intended in it.
      Thanks a lot for your help.

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