Category Archives: TechnoScience & Technoscientism

Coming Next – Doctors Prescribing Apps to Patients – NYTimes.com

Simple apps that track users’ personal fitness goals have already gained wide traction. Now medical professionals and entrepreneurs want to use similar approaches to dealing with chronic ailments like diabetes or heart disease. via Coming Next – Doctors Prescribing Apps … Continue reading

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How generous is the UK science budget, really? guardian.co.uk

Whatever you think about spending on sport, in times of austerity or otherwise, there is no denying that the strategy paid off – at least, if your yardstick for success is Olympic medals. The message couldn’t be more clear: if … Continue reading

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What is absolutely knowable?

Philosophy of science has pegged this question as the beating heart of the Enlightenment’s leaps and bounds in fields of science: the search for the absolute truth of nature. Robert Crease argues in his recent book World in the Balance … Continue reading

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“Fracked Ideologies” published at Science Progress

The use of high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas drilling has ignited a fiery political debate. Advocates tout natural gas as a clean-burning, cheap, and abundant fuel that can boost economic growth and energy security. Detractors question these benefits and … Continue reading

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McGraw-Hill Education Establishes First-Ever “Pay-for-Performance” Business Model In Partnership With Western Governors University

I am not sure as yet what I think about this. McGraw-Hill Education Establishes First-Ever “Pay-for-Performance” Business Model In Partnership With Western Governors University.

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Dude, where’s my culture?

Justin E. H. Smith recently authored a piece in the NYT Stone blog regarding cultural bias inherent in the teaching of Western philosophy. It hooks up nicely with his review of the experimental philosophy movement – dubbed x-phi – spearheaded … Continue reading

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From academic solos to industrial symphonies

Leaping from academia to industry can be vexing, confusing and, to be frank, sometimes irritating. It is not easy to be trained all your life by trusted professors only to be told that some of this training needs to be … Continue reading

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The Case for Breaking Up With Your Parents

While Lambert, author of “Nonstop,” admires the multitasking undergraduates Harvard attracts, he also worries about the intellectual and emotional costs of such all-consuming busyness. In a turn toward gravitas, he quotes the French film director Jean Renoir’s observation that “the … Continue reading

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Goethe and the Search for the Spirit of Science

This excellent article in the Guardian explores the role of imagination in science. Pardon the length of this block quote, but it was too good to not post: Is it just me or has the dialogue between science and religion … Continue reading

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Robo-Readers Used to Grade Test Essays

A rather complacent article in Inside Higher Education touts a study out of the University of Akron that compares grades assigned to standardized test essays by humans and those assigned by computers. The news that they found no significant difference is … Continue reading

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Arup | Designing the new normal

Our world is changing; it always has and it always will. Our greatest challenge is often not how to recognize change, but what to do about it. What responsibility does it place upon designers? I believe that a big part … Continue reading

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Amazon vs. Apple: Competing Ecosystem Strategies

This shift from products to solutions matters to everyone. In industries ranging from consumer electronics to construction and from media to mining, the firms seizing the lead are those that can best align ecosystems of offers and partners. An interesting … Continue reading

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Obama pushes the question: What are students, taxpayers getting for their college dollars?

During his State of the Union address, Obama put higher education on notice: “If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down,” he said. “Higher education can’t be a luxury— it’s an … Continue reading

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The unethical iPhone

These days, almost everybody has an iPhone – they are practical, handsome, sexy, cool. They pretty much are everything we always dreamed of. However, maybe we don’t realize what our dreams are costing to another human beings… in a land … Continue reading

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Ignorance

The less people know about important complex issues such as the economy, energy consumption and the environment, the more they want to avoid becoming well-informed, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. And the more urgent the … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King: Science Advocate

@livingarchitect, Rachel Armstrong, passes along this great piece. It is a wonderful reminder of why reason & faith should not be seen as mutually exclusive. And captures some real insights on how an mindfully open science that is divorced from … Continue reading

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‘Fracking’ (and its risks) Goes Global

Ian Urbina at the New York Times has written another excellent piece on the character of the economic momentum behind and environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing: this time in a global context. He focuses on South Africa, but Poland, Peru, … Continue reading

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The Uneasy Technocratic Alliance

John Siegmund set the tone for the City of Denton’s appointed Gas Well Task Force. He articulated a classic engineering technocratic position that goes as follows. The problem with fracking is capitalism. The short-term profit motive of capitalists leads to … Continue reading

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Other Posts on the Research Works Act

John Dupuis at scienceblogs.com has done a nice job of collecting some of the better blogs discussing the RWA, including the discussion by our own J. Britt Holbrook. Around the Web: Some posts on The Research Works Act : Confessions … Continue reading

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Pentagon-backed ‘time cloak’ stops the clock

Our colleagues at CETMONS might want to keep an eye on this development: A ‘time cloak’ that makes an event temporarily undetectable, albeit on the picosecond scale, is described in this week’s Nature. The work could represent a step towards the … Continue reading

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Quietude: The Wave of the Future…

…and of course what every great philosopher since the beginning of recorded history has ever told us. In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away … Continue reading

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Innovation & the Internet

Thanks to @Neilstephenson for sharing this article on Twitter. The ethos of the Internet is that everyone should have the freedom to connect, to innovate, to program, without asking permission. No one can know the whole of the network, and … Continue reading

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Neopythagorean Technoscience Mythos

Our cyberpunk STEM folks certainly do not appear to be losing their very deep steampunk roots. The Demiurge of Plato that became the Watchmaker of Galileo is now the MetaSteveJobs of the Cosmos… wow, those technoscientists really know how to … Continue reading

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The Useless PhD?

Thanks to Senior Fellow @ProfSteveFuller for tweeting this article: ON THE evening before All Saints’ Day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. In those days a thesis was simply a position … Continue reading

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Democratizing Science

Senior Fellow Steve Fuller publishes a new piece in Logos & Episteme: The question in the title is addressed in three parts. First, I associate the democratisation of science with the rise of ‗Protscience‘ (i.e. ‗Protestant Science‘), which pertains to the long-term … Continue reading

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