Science

History, sociology and philosophy thereof

July 8, 2017 — July 21, 2021

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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.

1 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?.

Figure 2: Star Scientist Funeral

2 Case study: Airborne transmission

The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill (Randall et al. 2021).

3 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.

4 The problems of journals in particular

See publication bias.

5 Incoming

6 Sciencehacks

See soft methodology.

7 References

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