Monday, March 10, 2014

From "What scientific idea is ready for retirement"

From The Edge
 'Science is self-correcting' by Alex Holcombe "Publication bias is the tendency to not publish "negative" or non-confirmatory results. Its effect, the suppression of corrections, can prevail even when much work has gone into obtaining the negative results. Ideally, such findings would move quickly and easily from individual scientists' laboratories to public availability. But the path can be so difficult, and is so infrequently used, that many areas of science do not deserve the self-correcting moniker."
'Unlimted and eternal growth' by Hans Ulrich Obrist "Another way of interpreting Binswanger's ideas is as follows: for most of human history, a fundamental problem has been the scarcity of material goods and resources, and so we have become ever more efficient in our methods of production and created rituals to enshrine the importance of objects in our culture. Less than a century ago, human beings made a world-changing transition through their rapacious industry. We now inhabit a world in which the overproduction of goods, rather than their scarcity, is one of our most fundamental problems. Yet our economy functions by inciting us to produce more and more with each passing year. In turn, we require cultural forms to enable us to sort through the glut, and our rituals are once again being directed towards the immaterial, towards quality and not quantity. This requires a shift in our values, from producing objects to selecting amongst those that already exist."
And many more.

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