Consider this representation of the “abstractions” that are created and deployed by scientists who work within experimental physiology, created by a student in Philosophy of Science (winter 2017).
The above diagram represents individual levels of abstraction with red arrows. In other words, each red arrow represents a modifying step that obscures each image from the previous one. The result is presentable results that differ from the initial phenomenon of interest.
This audio essay explores this path of abstraction by interviewing researchers on their experiences with each of the stages of abstraction.
In order to fully grasp the message being presented, you may want to check out the following resources:
http://www.biologyreference.com/Bl-Ce/Cell-Culture.html to help understand cell culture
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3116565/ to help understand statistics
http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0070272352/student_view0/chapter1/chapter_summary.html to help understand the basic goals of experimental physiology
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