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Sunday: Panel discussion on funding research
Hosting a new Interintellect panel series: “Doing Better.” First event this Sunday
I’m pleased to announce that I’m hosting a new monthly series of online panel discussions for Anna Gát’s Interintellect. The series is titled “Doing Better at…” and we’ll be covering topics including science funding, teaching progress, and optimism.
Our first event is “Doing Better at… Funding Scientific Research” with Michael Nielsen and Celine Halioua:
Progress doesn’t happen without funding. And to promote progress, there is arguably nothing more important to fund than research. But is research funding working well today?
Scientists often complain that the traditional grant-making progress is slow, risk-averse, and too taxing on the investigator’s time. What does the research funding landscape look like today? And how could it be improved?
This Sunday, May 31, at 12 noon US Pacific time. Register here:
Talk recording: Progress studies and the progress movement, on 52 Living Ideas
Here’s the recording of a talk I gave to the 52 Living Ideas forum on the idea of progress studies and the state of the progress community / movement. I explained some of the intellectual precursors and adjacent movements, and concluded with a bit on who to follow and what might be the future of the progress movement.
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Shuttling between science and invention
What we can learn from Bell Labs and the transistor
“The Link Between Science and Invention: The Case of the Transistor,” a 1962 paper by Richard Nelson at the RAND Corporation, provides a fascinating case study in invention at the frontiers of science, and the relation between the two. In it, we can see that research—and researchers—do not always fall neatly into categories like “basic” versus “applied,” nor is there a strict linear progression from one to the other.
Read the full post: https://rootsofprogress.org/transistors-science-and-invention