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The Work of Humberto Maturana and its Application Across the Sciences

For more than 40 years the work and ideas of Humberto Maturana has permeated the academic world and applied disciplines. What began as an answer to the question “What is life?” has become an encompassing explanatory network that includes living, … Continue reading

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Risky Advice

Why do we seem to be witnessing an increasing number of nasty technological surprises? Indeed, this year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have taken their place alongside older problems, … Continue reading

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The First Wave of Science 2.0 Slowly Whimpers to an End

Read Like social movements, business fads have a limited lifespan. Hunter Thompson’s immortal description of the end of the 1960s springs to mind when taking a look back at the rush to integrate Web 2.o tools and science, with that … Continue reading

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Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science

Read Computer power is transforming the sciences, giving scientists tools as important to current research as the microscope and telescope were to earlier scientists. Computer power not only aids research, it defines the nature of that research: what can be … Continue reading

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The Epistemic Value of Curiosity

Read   In this essay, Frederick Schmitt and Reza Lahroodi explore the value of curiosity for inquiry and knowledge. They defend an appetitive account of curiosity, viewing curiosity as a motivationally original desire to know that arises from having one’s … Continue reading

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High Cognitive Complexity and the Making of Major Scientific Discoveries

Read   This essay employs the concept ‘high cognitive complexity’ to advance our understanding of the scientists who make major discoveries. Those with high cognitive complexity have the capacity to understand the world in more complex ways than those with … Continue reading

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Archimedes Coins “Eureka!” in the Nude–and Other Crazy Ah-Ha Moments of Science

Archimedes Coins “Eureka!” in the Nude–and Other Crazy Ah-Ha Moments of Science   Is the classic mad scientist stereotype more myth than reality? A new book dives into the history of some of the greatest scientific breakthroughs–and the big brains … Continue reading

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UNESCO Science Report 2010 – Current Status of Science around the World

The UNESCO Science Report 2010 holds a mirror to the evolving status of science in the five years since its predecessor was published in 2005. It shows in particular how, while the disparities between countries and regions remain huge, the … Continue reading

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Speculations on the Future of Science

Science will continue to surprise us with what it discovers and creates; then it will astound us by devising new methods to surprises us. At the core of science’s self-modification is technology. New tools enable new structures of knowledge and … Continue reading

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