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

 

La science et la religion dans les élections américaines 2012

Qu’arriverait-il aux cours de sciences aux Etats-Unis si Mitt Romney gagnait?
Vous imaginez vous ce qu’il adviendrait du contenu des cours de biologie ou de l’histoire de la science  ?
« L’univers est apparu il y a six mille ans… »
ou un cours d’anatomie en criminologie ?:
« Une femme qui a subit un “viol réel », ne peut rester enceinte parce que le corps de la femme tente par tous les moyens de s’y opposer » (Déclaration de Tod Arkin, candidat Sénateur pour l’Etat du Missouri).
En fait, comme on peut le supposer, les conséquences seraient terribles car même si Romney affirme être d’accord avec la théorie de l’évolution, il défend le « dessein intelligent », le nouveau visage (pseudo) scientifique du créationnisme, qui vise à ce que toutes les exigences de validation qui conduisent à devenir un paradigme scientifique.
L’ »anti-evolution législations».
Toute personne a le droit de croire ou de ne pas croire, d’être théiste ou athée. Du moins c’est ainsi que cela devrait être. Mais pour le candidat présidentiel Mitt Romney, et pour beaucoup de représentants républicains, enseigner la théorie de l’évolution au collège est un acte “idéologique » qui pourrait conduire les gens à devenir des athée et par conséquent des dangereux criminels.
Malgré le fait que Mitt Romney ait affirmé « que les cours de religions ne doivent pas être enseignés à l’école », il conviendrait d’examiner les projets de lois des Sénateurs Josh Brecheen ( Oklahoma)  ou  Jerry   Bergevin (New Hampshire) , qui sont les portes drapeaux de ce que la presse aux Etats-Unis  appelle l’ »anti-evolution législations».
Jerry   Bergevinde  a même été jusqu’à affirmer qu’être athée équivaudrait à être un criminel nazi, car il semble que l’on cherche à assimiler la théorie de l’évolution à une idéologie politique :
 “I want the full portrait of evolution and the people who came up with the ideas to be presented. It’s a worldview and it’s godless. Atheism has been tried in various societies, and they’ve been pretty criminal domestically and internationally. The Soviet Union, Cuba, the Nazis, China today: they don’t respect human rights.
Sur le même sujet  (en espagnol)

Ciencia y religion en las elecciones norteamericanas 2012

¿Que pasaria con los cursos de ciencia en Estados Unidos si ganara Mitt Romney?.

¿Se imaginan el contenido de los cursos de biología o historia de la ciencia?

« El universo apareció hace seis mil años … »,

¿o un curso de anatomia en   criminología?:

« Una mujer que tiene una » violación real « , no puede quedar embarazada debido a que el cuerpo de la mujer está intentando por todos los medios bloquear todo  eso » ( Declaraciones de Tod Arkin, candidato a Senador por el Estado de Missouri).

Pues como podemos suponer, las consecuencias serian terribles ya  que si bien Romney  dice estar de acuerdo con la teoria de la evolucion, defiende el « diseño inteligente », la nueva cara (pseudo) científica del creacionismo, una nueva cara con apariencia mas « logica » que pretende llenar todos los requisitos de validacion que la lleve a transformarse en un paradigma cientifico  pero…

La  « anti-evolution legislation » .

Toda persona tiene derecho de creer o no creer, de ser teista o ateista, o al menos asi deberia ser, pero para el candidato presidencial Mitt Romney y para muchos representantes republicanos, ensenhar la Teoria de la Evolucion en el colegio es un acto « ideologico que podria llevar a la gente a  convertirse en atea y por consecuencia en un peligroso criminal.

A pesar de que el candidato republicano Mitt Romney ha afirmado « que no se debe dar un curso de religion en las escuelas », habria que dar un vistazo a los proyectos de ley del Senador   Josh Brecheen o  Jerry   Bergevinde New Hampshire , quienes son los abanderados de lo que la prensa en Estados Unidos llama  la  « anti-evolution legislation » .

Incluso  Jerry   Bergevinde  ha llegado a afirmar  que el ser ateo es el equivalente a ser un criminal nazi, ya que al parecer se pretende poner en el mismo nivel la Teoria de la evolucion a  una ideologia politica.:

“I want the full portrait of evolution and the people who came up with the ideas to be presented. It’s a worldview and it’s godless. Atheism has been tried in various societies, and they’ve been pretty criminal domestically and internationally. The Soviet Union, Cuba, the Nazis, China today: they don’t respect human rights. ( Jerry   Bergevinde )

Esperemos que el oscurantismoo anti cientifico no vuelva…

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Debate electoral sobre ciencia en Estados Unidos

La política científica en Obama y McCain

Ciencia y Religion en las elecciones norteamericanas

Ciencia y ciudadanía un tema de agenda mundial

Democracia y cambio social 2.0

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