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The agreement of two or more inductions drawn from different sets of data; concurrence.

[Probably coined by William Whewell (1794-1866), British scientist and philosopher, as if from New Latin *cōnsilīre, to leap together (Latin com-, com- + Latin -silīre, combining form of salīre, to leap, as in resilīre, to leap back; see resile) + -ence.]

con·sil′i·ent adj.


agreement between inductions drawn from different sets of data or from different academic disciplines


a chance happening or coincidence. See also agreement.
See also: Chance
the process of concurring or agreeing. See also chance.
See also: Agreement
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History & Creativity * consilience with established evidence * role of analogy, interdisciplinary thinking * conceptual change * error and uncertainty * role of imagination and creative syntheses 4.
Another important indicator of epistemic quality concerns the relative consilience of the Moorean premise and the revisionary thesis with our epistemic paradigms.
For what anchors adequate ideas is no mere formal consistency but the coherency of consilience.
Another favorable point is that Behe cites many excellent sources: Coyne and Orr, Speciation, Carroll, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Wilson, Consilience, Mayr, One Long Argument, Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Davidson, Genomic Regulatory Systems, to name a few of the preeminent books, and he refers to a rich array of key articles from the biological literature.
Consilience is a word to describe a forthcoming unity of the biological, genetic, molecular, social, environmental, and psychological sciences.
Coleman's response is found in the notions of consilience and embodiment, (63) both of which serve to reduce the distance between object and explanation.
Consilience, the title of Wilson's 1998 book on the "unity of knowledge," is a word which looms large in The Literary Animal's articulation of its rationale.
The official methodology he defends would have us look to such epistemic norms as consilience, systematicity, and unification, (203) but Coleman never actually shows how these norms support the conceptual claim that law has the potential to guide conduct by creating genuine rights and obligations.
the development of consilience, the linkage of facts and fact-based
Wilson's (1998) consilience, view scientific knowledge as an interconnected fabric of fields and disciplines.
These long-term problems - population growth, the loss of biodiversity, accelerating climate change - will appear insoluble and remain intractable if we do not attempt consilience by connecting the seemingly disconnected.
CONSILIENCE A Taken with something else B Comprehensive view C Concurrence who am I?