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How is science like the military? They are politically extreme yet vital to the nation - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
Very interesting point that the liberalism of the professoriate is in the same cultural context as the conservatism of the military. Does anyone call for greater viewpoint diversity in the military?
academic  discipline  political-science  culture  military  liberal  conservative  diversity  ideology  political-correctness 
january 2018 by tsuomela
Databib | Research Data Repositories
"Databib is a searchable catalog / registry / directory / bibliography of research data repositories. "
data-curation  catalog  bibliography  repository  open-data  discipline  research 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Natural History's Place in Science and Society
"The fundamental properties of organisms—what they are, how and where they live, and the biotic and abiotic interactions that link them to communities and ecosystems—are the domain of natural history. We provide examples illustrating the vital importance of natural history knowledge to many disciplines, from human health and food security to conservation, management, and recreation. We then present several lines of evidence showing that traditional approaches to and support for natural history in developed economies has declined significantly over the past 40 years. Finally, we argue that a revitalization of the practice of natural history—one that is focused on new frontiers in a rapidly changing world and that incorporates new technologies—would provide significant benefits for both science and society."
natural-history  sts  science  biology  ecology  history  discipline  citizen-science 
april 2014 by tsuomela
Gilles Deleuze
Transitions from 'sovereign societies' to Foucault's 'disciplinary societies' to 'control societies'
critical-theory  capitalism  control  discipline 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Next Time, Fail Better - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Humanities students should be more like computer-science students.

I decided that as I sat in on a colleague's computer-science course during the beginning of this, my last, semester in the classroom. I am moving into administration full time, and I figured that this was my last chance to learn some of the cool new digital-humanities stuff I've been reading about. What eventually drove me out of the class (which I was enjoying tremendously) was the time commitment: The work of coding, I discovered, was an endless round of failure, failure, failure before eventual success. Computer-science students are used to failing. They do it all the time. It's built into the process, and they take it in stride."
learning  education  discipline  humanities  computer-science  failure  success  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
Trickle Down Science : Uncertain Principles
"Which is great when you're in one of the fields that's meant to serve as the grand and inspirational challenge. For the rest of us, though, this is trickle-down science: the best and the brightest get fired up to be rocket scientists, or high-energy particle physicists, and those who aren't quite the best or the brightest, well... they can study condensed matter physics, or something less inspirational. They'll still be an upgrade over the riff-raff who are presumably populating those fields now. You know, the ones motivated by wanting to save the world from cancer, or hunger, or pestilence.

Not only is this kind of insulting to those of us who have chosen to make careers in fields that aren't driven by Big Science, it's not remotely sustainable. If getting people to go into science and engineering is dependent on something as ephemeral as "inspiration," we're forever going to be careening from boom to bust."
science  motivation  physics  goals  goal-setting  scale  discipline  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
Philosophy Is Not a Science - NYTimes.com
"The intellectual culture of scientism clouds our understanding of science itself. What’s more, it eclipses alternative ways of knowing — chiefly the philosophical — that can actually yield greater certainty than the scientific. While science and philosophy do at times overlap, they are fundamentally different approaches to understanding. So philosophers should not add to the conceptual confusion that subsumes all knowledge into science. "
scientism  science  philosophy  discipline  knowledge  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
AmericanScience: A Team Blog: Environmental History
"But there is also a deeper and ultimately more interesting sense in which the two fields are in dialogue with one another. My sense is that Environmental Historians have become increasingly aware that one cannot simply take the natural world as a given. Nature is now routinely interrogated as category of historical analysis. (Of course, this is not entirely new. People like William Cronon who are on the vanguard of the discipline have been doing it for a long time. But what used to be a fairly radical position seems to have become more or less mainstream.) In so doing, environmental history has found much inspiration from historians of science, scholars who have sought to embed our knowledge and experience of the natural world within narratives of social and cultural change for several decades."
sts  science  history  environmental  discipline  interdisciplinary  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Mapping sociology
Discusses three books: Craig Calhoun's Sociology in America: A History (2007), Jonathan Turner's Handbook of Sociological Theory (2001), and Julia Adams et al's Remaking Modernity: Politics, History, and Sociology(2005)
sociology  discipline  boundaries  definition  theory  empirical  description  themes  mapping  mindmap 
october 2011 by tsuomela
WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"For one thing that I have found really interesting about the turn to speculative realism is that is has clearly been fuelled by online communities which have turned above all to blogs as an important means of swapping material, revealing first thoughts, and making revisions. I doubt that the growth of speculative realism would have been so insistent without these communities scattered all over the world, or so rapid. Why?"
weblog-about  speculative-realism  discipline  academic  philosophy  diffusion  from delicious
october 2011 by tsuomela
Neurology vs. Psychiatry: The Social Production of Knowledge » Sociological Images
"The divisions between neurology and psychiatry suggested in the image above stir up lots of interesting questions not only about what we consider to be “neurological” or “psychiatric”, but more generally about the social production of knowledge."
neurology  psychiatry  knowledge  social  sociology  psychology  discipline  boundaries  from delicious
october 2011 by tsuomela
What can you do to help with troublesome knowledge? Librarians and Threshold Concepts The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"But… I am not interested in applying this to “library instruction” (aka instruction we do about using library resources and developing research skills) but rather, to the enterprise level of learning across campus. Let’s frame it this way: how can the library help students cross through the difficult thresholds and learn critical concepts that will enable them to succeed with their chosen major?" Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/theubiquitouslibrarian/2011/08/03/what-can-you-do-to-help-with-troublesome-knowledge-librarians-and-threshold-concepts
libraries  library  instruction  learning  education  teaching  information-literacy  academic  integration  discipline 
august 2011 by tsuomela
AmericanScience: A Team Blog: On Cronon: History, Law, and the Public, 2 of 2
"What do scholars offer present politics? Does it depend on the discipline - sociology vs. history vs. chemistry - and, within disciplines, on sub-fields? Amongst historians, does a US historian like Cronon have more to offer than, say, a medievalist? Does it matter *where you live* (Cronon's made much of his place-based identity), or *what you know* (e.g. for the sake of comparison), or *how you think* (pattern recognition, textual analysis,
public  scholar  scholarship  intellectual  history  discipline  politics  public-sphere  academia  university  controversy 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Everybody's a Critic | varnelis.net
"What interests me about all of the above blogs is that they situate architecture within a broader context. Disciplinarity is dying at a rapid clip. I suspect the lament is partly a reaction to the end of disciplinarity. We are losing our ability to talk about architecture on its own terms."
architecture  design  criticism  boundaries  discipline  interdisciplinary  weblog-recommendations 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Science and Technology Studies: The Next Twenty
"The meeting is in part a stock-taking. After two decades of increased public funding for STS, what can we say about our achievements as a “thought collective”? "
sts  history  science  discipline  academic 
march 2011 by tsuomela
you probably shouldn’t mention bruno latour to ezra, definitely not « orgtheory.net
"STS works with a continental model of knowledge – thick description and, as Ezra points out, proliferation of concepts. Rather than hammer a variable home, they jump from interesting case to case. They revel in new phenomena. It’s very ecological – new empirical observations suggest new ways of combining concepts, creating a mangled web of theory. Of course, this is very anti-normal science. You end up with a cabinet of curiosities than a deep and precise knowledge of a specific issue."
sts  sociology  discipline  image  interdisciplinary  methods 
march 2011 by tsuomela
you probably shouldn’t mention bruno latour to ezra, definitely not « orgtheory.net
So what is it about STS that is so infuriating? I think it’s this: Most STS folks openly reject the normal science model where you stick with a variable or issue and then work on it. The normal science model allows you to clarify, simplify and then expand. Think “human capital” or “structural holes.” It’s easy for outsiders to quickly grasp the concept and for newcomers to use it.

STS works with a continental model of knowledge – thick description and, as Ezra points out, proliferation of concepts. Rather than hammer a variable home, they jump from interesting case to case. They revel in new phenomena. It’s very ecological – new empirical observations suggest new ways of combining concepts, creating a mangled web of theory. Of course, this is very anti-normal science. You end up with a cabinet of curiosities than a deep and precise knowledge of a specific issue.
sts  academic  discipline  science  sociology 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Economic View - ‘Too Big to Fail’ Is Dangerous, in Finance and Health Care - NYTimes.com
by Tyler Cowen. A good argument against too much political influence in banking and health care being bad for both.
politics  economics  favoritism  corporatism  markets  discipline  free-markets  libertarian 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Michael Bérubé - Chávezian Airspace
So the next time someone complains about the constraints imposed by disciplines, ask yourself (or them!) whether they’re not really complaining about the constraints of departments.
discipline  academic  culture  organization  interdisciplinary 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Orcinus - The Truth About Consequences
Conservative discipline is all about reinforcing power hierarchies and achieving control through "respect" (that is: fear), and liberal discipline is about teaching accountability and reinforcing the consequences of one's own choices.
conservatism  liberalism  discipline 
april 2009 by tsuomela

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