I have a conceptual question and I didn’t know where to turn. I found this forum and figured you folks might have some ideas.
I’m looking for a way to represent the concept of “explanation” in a diagram. I teach argumentation theory, and one of the ways we represent arguments is through argument maps. These maps are typically blocks of text with arrow pointing to another block of text. The arrow is what represents the reasoning relationship where one claim “leads to” the next claim. So an arrow is perfectly appropriate.
However, what I need is a way to represent when one claim explains another. An arrow doesn’t quite seem right. I was thinking of playing with shapes, that might lead to something. For example, if one shape (which would be the evidence) where to fit inside another (the hypothesis) that might be a way to represent the hypothesis’ explanation of the data.
But… If you folks have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!