24 avril 2017

Marching for Science Internationally

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Marching for Science Internationally
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 2017/04/21
Let's do this thing. "We want to speak out against the muzzling of government scientists, we want to advocate for evidence-based policy making, we want to see better and more inclusive STEM education". More...

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Eliminativism and the Neuroscience of Consciousness

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Eliminativism and the Neuroscience of Consciousness
Richard Brown, 2017/03/21
The idea of 'eliminativism' is that our common-sense psychological concepts such as 'beliefs', 'desires', etc., don't actually exist. This has important implications for education, since pretty much all of educational theory depends on these concepts. I am an eliminativst philosophically. More...

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Canada's Fundamental Science Review

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Canada's Fundamental Science Review
C. David Naylor, et.al., Government of Canada, 2017/04/11
This report (280 page PDF) (if you don't have time to read it have a machine read it for you) addresses Canada's investment in research and development and is known colloquially as the Naylor Report. More...

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Can pre-school children learn to do science?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Can pre-school children learn to do science?
Jenny Rohn, The Guardian, 2017/04/05
Of course the answer to the question in the headline is 'yes'. If you've ever tested the water with a toe before diving in, you've done science. But what, exactly, is science? This article is a bit weaker on this front. More...

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21 avril 2017

Neural Networks and Deep Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Neural Networks and Deep Learning
Michael Nielsen, 2017/03/13

Between meetings with notaries today I was wondering to myself whether work had been done on using one neural network to train another neural network. More...

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5 Topics That Are "Forbidden" to Science

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 5 Topics That Are "Forbidden" to Science
Paul Ratner, Big Think, 2017/03/01
This article lists five areas that are 'forbidden to science'. I find it interesting that I am in some way implicated in all five. Here they are (and how I'm implicated):

  • messing with nature (yet I wear glasses, use a CPAP, and take various drugs)
  • engineering the climate (yet I do it every time I get in my car)
  • robot ethics (yet I envision and work on ethical robot tutors)
  • secure communication technology (yet I encrypt my email and work at a secure lab)
  • universal access to science (yet I work on that every day)

Now, yes, my involvement isn't exactly what they're talking about. But that's a technical limit, not an administrative limit. More...

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20 avril 2017

15 Things We Can Do To Stand Up For Science!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 15 Things We Can Do To Stand Up For Science!
Alice Meadows, The Scholarly Kitchen, 2017/02/27
I don't think this is a bad list of things, though I would have been more reluctant to recommend specific products and services the way this article does (or, maybe, would have recommend more than one in each category). More...

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19 avril 2017

Scientists’ unions march for secure jobs

By Andrew MacDonald. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the CSIRO Staff Association have called on their members to join March for Science events happening around Australia on Saturday 22 April 2017. More...

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NTEU supports 22 April Marches for Science

By Jeannie Rea. The National Tertiary Education Union is pleased to endorse March for Science events being held around the country on Saturday 22 April, and encourages members and friends to get involved in their cities. More...

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18 avril 2017

Science & You event, 4-6 May, Montreal (Canada)

Science & You, an international event on science communication created by the Université de Lorraine, will be held at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 4 to 6 May 2017. More...

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