Heuristics and Biases in Theory Formation: On the Cognitive Processes of those Concerned with Cognitive Processes
Theory and Psychology 1(4): 407-430
ISSN/ISBN: 0959-3543 DOI: 10.1177/0959354391014002
Scientific growth is described, in evolutionist terms, as a two stage process involving a rather loose stage of theory creation and a subsequent, much tighter process of theory testing. Scientific methodology is largely confined to the latter stage, while the creative process of theory formation is less amenable to systematization.