History, sociology and philosophy thereof

I do not myself have a much to say about the philosophy of science as such. I read a lot of Lakatos that one time.

Mostly I am interested in a kind of qualitative mechanism design musing as it pertains to designing better peer-review.

What is science?

Not really in that vein, check out amusing curmudgeon: DC Stove, Popper and after: Four modern irrationalists.

Question: does science advance one funeral at a time?.

Star Scientist Funeral

Memetics of Science

There are a lot of models of what scientific consensus might mean. (Kuhnian paradigms, degenerative research programs or whatever Lakatos called them, etc). I have now hived this off into community of science and science communication.

The problems of journals in particular

See publication bias.


See soft methodology.


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