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  1. consiliencenoun

    the concurrence of multiple inductions drawn from different data sets

  2. consiliencenoun

    Agreement, co-operation or sharing of methods between or convergence or overlap of academic disciplines

  3. Etymology: Attested in 1840 ; from with.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consiliencenoun

    act of concurring; coincidence; concurrence

  2. Etymology: [con- + salire to leap.]


  1. Consilience

    In science and history, consilience refers to the principle that evidence from independent, unrelated sources can "converge" to strong conclusions. That is, when multiple sources of evidence are in agreement, the conclusion can be very strong even when none of the individual sources of evidence are very strong on their own. Most established scientific knowledge is supported by a convergence of evidence: if not, the evidence is comparatively weak, and there will not likely be a strong scientific consensus. The principle is based on the unity of knowledge; measuring the same result by several different methods should lead to the same answer. For example, it should not matter whether one measures the distance between the Great Pyramids of Giza by laser rangefinding, by satellite imaging, or with a meter stick - in all three cases, the answer should be approximately the same. For the same reason, different dating methods in geochronology should concur, a result in chemistry should not contradict a result in geology, etc. The word consilience was originally coined as the phrase "consilience of inductions" by William Whewell.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consilience

    kon-sil′i-ens, n. concurrence: coincidence.—adj. Consil′ient, agreeing. [L. con, together, and salīre, to leap.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of CONSILIENCE in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of CONSILIENCE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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