On the Entrenched Artefact of the Nomological Network

Human error is perhaps the most frequently cited yet least understood facet of the human experience. Although millennia and incalculable synaptic energies have been spent in the attempt to understand such a phenomenon, yet even the so-called scientific attempts to overcome human error rests upon a major violation of objectivity which cuts across all known scientific fields of study, that being the unabashed acceptance of the nomological network. Simply put, the nomological network, a term popularized by Chronbach and Meehl, asserts that ostensibly interrelated methodologies should yield a convergent network of like findings to establish that which is not directly measurable but which is believed to be true. Though this is a more liberal interpretation, perhaps, than Chronbach and Meehl (and arguably most scientists) would like to assert, yet purportedly the basic tenets appear consistent with the original operational definition even if the language isn’t as comfortable to the scientific palate.

Perhaps most interesting about this definition is its uncanny resemblance, at the level of epistemological awareness, to the popular religious definition of faith coined by Saint Paul of New Testament fame.

-Heath Sommer
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