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Pub-Style Science: exclusion, inclusion, and methodological disputes.

This is the second part of my transcript of the Pub-Style Science discussion about how (if at all) philosophy can (or should) inform scientific knowledge-building, wherein we discuss methodological disputes, who gets included or excluded in scientific knowledge-building, and ways the exclusion or inclusion might matter.

April 16, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Credibility, bias, and the perils of having too much fun.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (or, you know, attentive at all to the world around you), you will have noticed that scientific knowledge is built by human beings, creatures that, even on the job, resemble other humans more closely than they do Mr.

August 30, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel

A guide for science guys trying to understand the fuss about that shirt.

This is a companion to the last post, focused more specifically on the the question of how men in science who don’t really get what the fuss over Rosetta mission Project Scientist Matt Taylor’s shirt was about could get a better understanding of the objections — and of why they might care.

November 17, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

How plagiarism hurts knowledge-building: Obligations of scientists (part 4)

In the last post, we discussed why fabrication and falsification are harmful to scientific knowledge-building. The short version is that if you’re trying to build a body of reliable knowledge about the world, making stuff up (rather than, say, making careful observations of that world and reporting those observations accurately) tends not to get you [...]

December 23, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Brief thoughts on uncertainty.

For context, these thoughts follow upon a very good session at ScienceOnline Together 2014 on “How to communicate uncertainty with the brevity that online communication requires.” Two of the participants in the session used Storify to collect tweets of the discussion (here and here).

March 30, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Engagement with science needs more than heroes

Narratives about the heroic scientist are not what got me interested in science. It was (and still is) hard for me to connect with a larger-than-life figure when my own aspirations have always been pretty life-sized.

March 20, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

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