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Will e-Research make the scientific method obsolete? The role of information in research

Lecture on e-research and information science 2010/2012

Paul Wouters

on 2 June 2014

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Transcript of Will e-Research make the scientific method obsolete? The role of information in research

Will e-Research make the scientific method obsolete?
On the role of information in research

Paul Wouters

Centre for Science and Technology Studies
Leiden University
So Anderson claims:
data are enough
agnostic statistics
we don't need causal models
out with every theory of human behaviour
is Anderson right?
are scientific theories and methods becoming obsolete?
can we stop looking for models and be satisfied with correlations?
should science learn from Google?
Anderson is not alone in claiming a revolution
Probably it is more complex
the concept of data is under-theorized
the view on the history of science is crude and too linear
the view on the role of ICT is too simple-minded
but still ---- e-research is a formidable challenge
We can also reverse this order!
Source: Richard Coyne, Designing Information Technology in the Postmodern Age (1995)
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