Did you maybe mean prescience?
- n. An unscientific field of study which later becomes a science (e.g. astrology becoming astronomy and alchemy becoming chemistry).
- n. 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.
- proto- + science (Wiktionary)
“But even in protoscience, as in mature science, the focus of researchers is on stating the different views in ways which maximise their emperical testability.”
“Experiments are conducted in the name of abiogenesis but it is my view that abiogenesis is protoscience - not rising to the level of a legitimate theory.”
“It is clear Mike made an honest and earnest attempt at investigating ID protoscience without attempting to force or spin a predetermined answer.”
“It is telling how you leave protoscience out of your discussion.”
“Do a search for Truzzi, pseudoscience and protoscience to see what I mean.”
“String theory might be considered to be protoscience — it's controversial, and at the moment untestable.”
“Flowchart 1 shows what is needed to turn protoscience into science.”
“In my opinion, a field in which experiments conducted by competent scientists are not reproducible belongs to protoscience, not to science.”
“If all I had heard of ID was from this blog, I'd possibly be tempted to think of it as a protoscience.”
“I think OOL is fairly characterised as a protoscience.”
Looking for tweets for protoscience.