A couple of other loose ideas

Elaine Reynolds/ People on the thread talk about science as a way of thinking and I agree.  However, in my view science is carried out less like the traditional scientific method we all learned about in high school and more like an exploration. It is often a flawed enterprise.  For example, the current connectome project, which seeks to map structural and functional connections in the brain, is not a hypothesis driven project; it is a collection of data points that can be explored for pattern and purpose. This was also true of the much maligned human genome project.  Bias and interpretation is a huge part of science. The idea of scientists as objective viewers of reality is a farce. Unconscious bias creeps in to perturb objectivity. Results are fit together like a jigsaw puzzle and puzzle pieces rarely fit together neatly.  As I said [at our opening event], my advisor … Continue reading