The Psychological Record

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 17–36 | Cite as

Applications of Communication Theory I. The Substructure of Science

  • William Stephenson


The concern is with the nature of science. What is proposed is that subjective aspects of science have been seriously underestimated in the past and that it requires our communication theory concept of communication-pleasure for its understanding. Scientific thinking, it is proposed, is basically conversational—matters of opinion more than of fact. Methods are proposed for bringing this subjective substructure under a measure of objective control. A profound methodological axiom is asserted which is all that distinguishes objectivity from subjectivity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Stephenson
    • 1
  1. 1.Walter Williams HallUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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