SpeakersAnn-Sophie Barwich (Egenis)
Egenis,Byrne House,University of Exeter,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ
Room no: GF7
Time: 3:30 - 5.00pm
This paper explores the diverging judgements of evidential support within the debate between two rival explanations for the mechanism of primary odour recognition. By addressing an underexplored, unresolved contemporary case study of conflicting research programmes, it offers a new perspective on questions about what counts as evidence for (or against) a theory. Issues addressed will include: the different strategies of modelling facts, , problems of measurement and the impact of scientific discoveries and advancements in technology on theory development. Providing an epistemic history of recent disciplinary trajectories in olfaction, the wider aim is to develop flexible conceptual tools for theory assessment.