The complete series of talks is now posted from the conference on Stephen J. Gould’s Legacy: Nature, History, Society, May 10-12, 2012 at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice, Italy.
Telmo Pievani – Ten years without Stephen J. Gould: the scientific heritage
Many researchers have been strongly influenced by Karl Popper’s idea of falsificationism. In fact, one often hears that falsificationism is a (if not the) defining feature of the scientific method. Is it? For those who are open to a different understanding of scientific methods (plural), I recommend the following:
I am exhausted by the constant necessity of defending discovery and exploration science as being as legitimate as (and, in my opinion, far more influential than) “the” scientific method of testing very focused hypotheses. I am especially tired of having to reassure my graduate students that, despite what other faculty insist on implying, what [...]
A nice property of blogs is that they provide an opportunity to share ideas that, for one reason or another, never made it to publication. Here is a letter to Science that I wrote a few years ago which was bounced. It is in response to a piece called “Testing hypotheses: prediction or prejudice” [...]