Sedimentation

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August 8, 2018

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Ludwik Fleck on the process of sedimentation inĀ Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact:

[A]t any rate, once a statement is published, it constitutes part of the social forces which form concepts and create habits of thought [. . .]. Even if a particular statement is contested, we grow up with its uncertainty which, circulating in society, reinfluences its social effects. It becomes a self-evident reality, which, in turn, conditions our further acts of cognition (35)

Fleck, Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1979; originally published in 1935).

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