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proto- +‎ science

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protoscience (plural protosciences)

  1. An unscientific field of study which later becomes a science (e.g. astrology becoming astronomy and alchemy becoming chemistry).
  2. A field of study at the initial phase of the scientific method, involving information gathering and hypothesis formulation, but is not yet falsifiable, or if it is, its predictions have not yet been observed.
    • 2008, Donald M. Hassler, ‎Clyde Wilcox, New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction - Page 8:
      However, observation alone is not "modern" science; simple observation leads to "proto-science." Proto-science accepts observations without question or verification.

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