Leah Penniman, founder of Soul Fire Farm and author of Farming While Black, discusses how Afro-Indigenous centered community farms can uproot the food system and create new opportunities for Black and Brown farmers.
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The PhD degree lies in ruins. That’s the first sentence of a preview written about the new book called THE NEW PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education. The authors feel the PhD needs to quickly evolve to serve the needs of students and society. Here to talk about the book are those authors. […]
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In this episode we chat to Lee Vinsel and Andrew Russell authors of The Innovation Delusion (2020), where they take on ‘innovation speak’ and advocate for a greater focus on what keeps the world going – maintenance. Interview starts ~20min mark.
Lee Vinsel is a Professor ub the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech.
Andrew Russell is a Professor of History and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
In this episode I talk to Joel Chan about cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer, zettlekasten, and too many other things to enumerate. Joel is an a professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies and a member of their Human-Computer Interaction Lab. His research focuses on understanding and creating generalizable configurations of people, computing, and information that augment human intelligence and creativity. Essentially, how can we expand our knowledge frontier faster and better.
This conversation was also an experiment. Instead of a normal interview that’s mostly the host directing the conversation, Joel and I actually let the conversation be directed by his notes. We both use a note-taking system called a zettlekasten that’s based around densely linked notes and realized hat it might be interesting to record a podcast where the structure of the conversation is Joel walking through his notes around where his main lines of research originated.
For those of you who just want to hear a normal podcast, don’t worry – this episode listens like any other episode of idea machines. For those of you who are interested in the experiment, I’ve put a longer-than normal post-pod at the end of the episode.
Context and synthesis are two critical pieces of knowledge transfer that we don’t talk or think about enough.
There is so much exciting progress to be made in how we could generate and execute on new ideas.
– Wright brothers – Wing warping – Control is core problem – Boxes have nothing to do with flying – George Vestral – velcro
– scite.ai – Canonical way you’re supposed to do scientific literature – Even good practice – find the people via the literature – Incubation Effect – Infrastructure has no way of knowing whether a paper has been contradicted – No way to know whether paper has been Refuted, Corroborated or Expanded – Incentives around references – Herb Simon, Allen Newell – problem solving as searching in space – Continuum from ill structured problem to well structured problems – Figuring out the parameters, what is the goal state, what are the available moves – Cyber security is both cryptography and social engineering – How do we know what we know? – Only infrastructure we have for sharing is via published literature – Antedisciplinary Science – Consequences of science as a career – Art in science – As there is more literature fragmentation it’s harder to synthesize and actually figure out what the problem is – Canonical unsolved problems – List of unsolved problems in physics – Review papers are: Hard to write and Career suicide – Formulating a problem requires synthesis – Three levels of synthesis 1. Listing citations 2. Listing by idea 3. Synthesis – Bloom’s taxonomy – Social markers – yes I’ve read X it wasn’t useful – Conceptual flag citations – there may actually be no relation between claims and claims in paper – Types of knowledge synthesis and their criteria – If you’ve synthesized the literature you’ve exposed fractures in it – To formulate problem you need to synthesize, to synthesize you need to find the right pieces, finding the right pieces is hard – Individual synthesis systems: – Zettlekasten – Tinderbox system – Roam
– Graveyard of systems that have tried to create centralized knowledge repository – The memex as the philosopher’s stone of computer science – Semantic web – Shibboleth words – Open problem – “What level of knowledge do you need in a discipline” – Feynman sense of knowing a word – Information work at interdisciplinary boundaries – carol palmer – Different modes of interdisciplinary research – “Surface areas of interaction” – Causal modeling the Judea pearl sense – Sensemaking is moving from unstructured things towards more structured things and the tools matter
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Dr. Luciano Floridi is the OII‘s Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Director of the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute, and Professorial Fellow of Exeter College. He is a Turing Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (the UK national institute for data science and artificial intelligence) and Chair of its Data Ethics Group. Still in Oxford, he is Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Senior Member of the Faculty of Philosophy, and Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy of the Department of Computer Science. He’s also Adjunct Professor (“Distinguished Scholar in Residence”) of the Department of Economics, at the American University, Washington D.C. His research concerns primarily Digital Ethics (aka Information and Computer Ethics), the Philosophy of Information, and the Philosophy of Technology. His other research interests include Epistemology, Philosophy of Logic, and the History and Philosophy of Scepticism.
In this episode, we talk about the philosophy of information. We go through some of the main questions it deals with, and we have a wide-ranging conversation, dealing with topics from metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and ethics.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS/SUPPORTERS: KARIN LIETZCKE, ANN BLANCHETTE, PER HELGE LARSEN, LAU GUERREIRO, JERRY MULLER, HANS FREDRIK SUNDE, BERNARDO SEIXAS, HERBERT GINTIS, RUTGER VOS, RICARDO VLADIMIRO, BO WINEGARD, CRAIG HEALY, OLAF ALEX, PHILIP KURIAN, JONATHAN VISSER, DAVID DIAS, ANJAN KATTA, JAKOB KLINKBY, ADAM KESSEL, MATTHEW WHITINGBIRD, ARNAUD WOLFF, TIM HOLLOSY, HENRIK AHLENIUS, JOHN CONNORS, PAULINA BARREN, FILIP FORS CONNOLLY, DAN DEMETRIOU, ROBERT WINDHAGER, RUI INACIO, ARTHUR KOH, ZOOP, MARCO NEVES, MAX BEILBY, COLIN HOLBROOK, SUSAN PINKER, THOMAS TRUMBLE, PABLO SANTURBANO, SIMON COLUMBUS, PHIL KAVANAGH, JORGE ESPINHA, CORY CLARK, AND MARK BLYTH!
A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY PRODUCERS, YZAR WEHBE, ROSEY, JIM FRANK, ŁUKASZ STAFINIAK, IAN GILLIGAN, SERGIU CODREANU, LUIS CAYETANO, AND MATTHEW LAVENDER!
AND TO MY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, MICHAL RUSIECKI!
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Our podcast is all about research. Every episode we investigate what scholars have discovered and why it matters. But we’re going to get meta on this episode and look at what makes this research possible—and the dangers of taking it for granted, especially during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barbara Snyder, JD’80, is president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization composed of America’s leading research universities. On this episode, she lays out the case for investing more in academic research, and what we may lose if we don’t.
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