The one thing that Ms. Cavalier alluded to that would be noteworthy is the phenomenon of non-academic scientists getting regularly published in peer-reviewed journals, but she didn't give much indication that this is happening a lot. More importantly, it's still hard to see how the theme of "Citizen Science" is more than marginally related to transhumanism, and the talks haven't done much to clarify that.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Darlene Cavalier (bio, slides) is giving the most tangible talk they've had yet on the conference's theme of "The Citizen Scientist." She's citing a number of anecdotes about small, nonprofessional organizations conducting experiments on their own, or amateur astronomers and entomologists making little discoveries. All very nice, but it's hard to see how this constitutes a significant or new phenomenon, particularly since, despite lots of talk about its democratic nature, the most important science has increasingly become the purview exclusively of highly specialized and credentialed academics.
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Adam Keiper, New Atlantis editor.
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Mark Gubrud, Futurisms contributor.
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