Let us say, then, that both the realist and the antirealist accept the results of scientific investigations as "true," on a par with more homely truths.... And call this acceptance of scientific truths the "core position." What distinguishes realists from antirealists, then, is what they add onto this core position ... a third alternative emerges—and an attractive one at that. It is the core position itself, and all by itself.... Let me introduce the acronym NOA (pronounced as in "Noah"), for natural ontological attitude, and, henceforth, refer to the core position under that designation.
Arthur Fine (b. 1931), U.S. philosopher of science. repr. In The Philosophy of Science, pp. 261-278, R. Boyd, Gasper, and Trout (1984). Originally appeared in Scientific Realism, "The Natural Ontological Attitude," ed. J. Leplin (1984).
The author's original statement of a non-realist, non-antirealist alternative.