How to steal scientific ideas.

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Locked drqwer Science is a business of ideas. By its very definition, researchers are required to generate new ideas. However, the ideas do not pop up in vacuum. Astute researchers have to master the literature, learn where the gaps in the current field of research exist and then find a feasible way to fill those gaps.

The way the current research training is done, the majority of researchers eventually become rigid in their ideas. Their research becomes dull and boring. In the name of ‘detailed study’ they keep burrowing deeper into descriptive research. Years of battles with paper publications, failed grant applications and stress of obtaining tenure and load of teaching wears them out. Only few remain as enthusiastic as they were in the beginnings of their career. Of those who remain enthusiastic, most are not driven by scientific inquiry but by the social and political thrill of it.

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Stuart Hall

“Culture comes into play at precisely the point where biological individuals become subjects, and that what lies between the two is not some automatically constituted ‘natural’ process of socialization but much more complex processes of formation”
― Stuart Hall, Visual Culture: The Reader

"In this accessible introductory lecture, Hall focuses on the concept of "representation"– one of the key ideas of cultural studies– and shows how reality is never experienced directly, but always through the symbolic categories made available by society."

1483-1492 The Columbus project / 2013-… Here we go again

The true anthropological fieldwork starts here  and the true anthropological otherness is there…

One-Way Mars Colony Project Draws 200,000 Volunteers (Megan Gannon)

A group that’s looking for the first Red Planet colonists received applications from more than 200,000 prospective astronauts vying for a spot on a one-way trip to Mars.

The non-profit Mars One Foundation hopes to send teams of four spaceflyers on one-way Mars colony missions starting in 2023. Its initial 19-week application window closed on Aug. 31, with a final tally of 202,586 volunteers.

The only requirement to apply was to be over age 18. Those selected to move on to the next round will be notified by the end of this year. Over the next two years, a selection committee will narrow down that pool to up to 40 candidates, who will then begin seven years of astronaut training. A public vote will determine which four will be the first to go to Mars, never to return.

The applicant pool is quite diverse with more than 140 countries represented, Mars One said in a statement.

Mars One Colony

A group that’s looking for the first Red Planet colonists received applications from more than 200,000 prospective astronauts vying for a spot on a one-way trip to Mars.

The non-profit Mars One Foundation hopes to send teams of four spaceflyers on one-way Mars colony missions starting in 2023. Its initial 19-week application window closed on Aug. 31, with a final tally of 202,586 volunteers.

The Dutch nonprofit Mars One aims to land four colonists on the Red Planet in 2023.

The only requirement to apply was to be over age 18. Those selected to move on to the next round will be notified by the end of this year. Over the next two years, a selection committee will narrow down that pool to up to 40 candidates, who will then begin seven years of astronaut training. A public vote will determine which four will be the first to go to Mars, never to return.

The applicant pool is quite diverse with more than 140 countries represented, Mars One said in a statement. Nearly a quarter of theaspiring Mars colonists are from the United States. Ten percent of the applicants are Indians, the second largest group in the pool.

Mars One, based in the Netherlands, will face some major technical and funding challenges in the years ahead. It has not yet picked a spacecraft or rocket for the long voyage. The project also estimated it will cost about $6 billion to send its first crew to the Red Planet and $4 billion for each of the following missions.

The group started raising money through its application fees, which ranged from $5 to $75 depending on the applicant’s country of origin. Mars One also hopes it will be able to raise funds with a reality TV show tracking the astronaut selection process and training.

Martian hopefuls who missed the deadline or were too young to apply this time around will have future chances to be considered. Mars One says it will start regular recruitment programs as the search for future Red Planet crews continues.

Space.com

Sobre género y religion : ¿las mujeres mas religiosas que los hombres

Interesante post  sobre  género y religion,  un tema polémico muy discutido  ¿Algún día serán menos religiosas las mujeres que los hombres?.

Ahora cuando se habla de religiosidad entre "hombres" y "mujeres" ¿ Donde ubican en estos estudios a las personas religiosas o ateas que no se identifican socialmente en esta division sexual dicotomica de mujer/hombre? …

Visto en La revolucion naturalista

Enlaces relacionados:

Evolution, Religion and Free Will / Gregory Graffin

 

Anthropologie et journalisme: vers une anthropologie publique? – James Mullooly

  Blog excellent l’anthropologue  de John Norvell
James Mullooly anthropologue à l’Université de Fresno, mieux connu comme l’ "antrogeek», se demande pourquoi le journalisme ne parle pas des découvertes et des recherches des anthropologues et pourquoi l’anthropologie ne devient pas publique? Pourquoi est-ce que nous ( les anthropologues) n’avons aucun contrôle sur la diffusion des résultats de  nos recherches?
En effet, très peu de médias s’adressent aux anthropologues afin d’approfondir un article ou prennent la peine d’enquêter et de rechercher des données concernant l’anthropologie. Le grand public (dont de nombreux journalistes), mélangent encore l’anthropologie et l’archéologie.
En fait, il y a une ignorance généralisée à propos de l’anthropologie et de pourquoi cette discipline est importante pour la société, même si aujourd’hui cette profession est considérée par Forbes comme la moins rentable.
Les liens dans ce blog:

 Épistémologie Civique: Quand la société participe aux décisions de la politique scientifique

Los usos sociales de la ciencia*: PLOS, Nature y Science

Memoria social y pensamiento lineal

El modelo cartesiano en la antropología

La moderna construcción del nosotros civilizado y el otro primitivo: la teoría de la evolución en la antropología

El observador y su objeto: Antropología, mecánica cuántica y darwinismo cuántico

Sur la toile:

Why anthropologists should become journalists

Antropología y periodismo: hacia una antropología pública – James Mullooly

Excelente entrada en el blog del antropólogo John Norvell

James Mullooly antropólogo de la Universidad de Fresno, más conocido como el "antrogeek" se  pregunta por qué el periodismo no cubre noticias sobre los  importantes descubrimientos e investigaciones hechas por los antropologos sobre la sociedad.

En mi experiencia,  son muy pocos los medios de comunicacion que se dirigen hacia antropologos para profundizar sobre una problematica coyuntural y mucho menos los periodistas  que se toman el trabajo de investigar y buscar datos proporcionados por la disciplina antropologica.   Es mas aca en Europa y en América , dentro del gran publico ( incluidos muchos periodistas) , se sigue confundiendo la antropologia con la arquelogia . De hecho, hay un gran desconocimiento de lo que es  la disciplina antropologica y  por qué es importante para la sociedad, a pesar de que hoy en dia esta profesion sea considera por Forbes como la menos rentable.

De otro lado el defecto también esta en nosotros, los antropologos, pues criticamos a la prensa  de ser efimera y profundizar poco  pero no hacemos nada de  nuestro lado por rendir los resultados de nuestras investigaciones mas simples y entendibles .

Es necesario, pues, re-construir una  antropologia  que se olvidé de sus fantasmas étnicos decimononicos, que dejemos de ser llamados a hacer estudios de comunidad como si estas fueran fijas  y detenidas en el tiempo, que dejemos  las clasificacion y taxonomias.

Tenemos muchas cosas interesantes a decir y a hacer hoy en dia con problematicas  que estamos dejando a la sociologia a la psicologia , a la sociobiologia o al marketing y a la publicidad!

En conclusion Mullooly se pregunta :  Por qué la antropología no se vuelve más pública? ¿Por qué es que no tenemos ningún control sobre nuestras novedades? Seguir leyendo

Enlaces en este blog:

Epistemología cívica : Cuando la sociedad participa de la Ciencia y las decisiones políticas que ésta apoya

En la Red:

Why anthropologists should become journalists