In order to publish a research paper in a particular domain, or the domain itself must satisfy the above two requirements: Communicable to and verifiable by other people. Isn't it?

In this context, I got a doubt that the content of research papers are limited by objectivity and results that cannot be either uncommunicable or unverifiable are considered off topic and are never encouraged in the either academic or the scientific community.

Isn't it limiting the scientific development that can reach such truths also?

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  • Can you specify what you mean by 'subjective truth'? How would any scientific field benefit from publishing what a single individual believes to be true, without presenting any proof? – L_W Jan 14 at 12:52
  • Subjective truth I m referring are subjective experienced such as life review, out of body experience etc.., – hanugm Jan 14 at 12:54
  • There are other formats of non-fiction texts, which might be better suitable than a research article in such cases. For example biographies, reports or a critical analysis of a topic. Research papers have strict purpose and thus also defined rules – L_W Jan 14 at 13:06
  • So, in your model, would you say that the subjective experience of mass psychosis would qualify as a research result? – Captain Emacs Jan 14 at 13:06
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    @hangum There is a school of thought (qv. Karl Popper) which states a result is scientific not if it's provable, but if it can be shown to be invalid (falsifiable). Unfortunately a single person's unrepeatable experiences still wouldn't qualify. – origimbo Jan 14 at 13:29

First you need to remember that science is not the only form of research. Second, subjective results come in all sorts of flavors. If I ask one person person if they like A better than B, that is a subjective result. If I ask 1000 people, and do statistics, is that still a successful subjective result? Someone else could ask a new group of subjects the same question and verify my results.

Now consider an objective measure of a one time event (e.g., the amount of snow that fell during a storm). No one can verify the measurement, but it is still objective.

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