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Top Science Policy Concerns

A selection of 40 top science policy questions that need to be addressed were selected and published by researchers last week.

By | March 13, 2012

USDA policymakers in an unrelated debate. FLICKR, USDA

A group of 47 researchers, overwhelmingly from UK-based institutions, have laid out a list of 40 “key unanswered questions” in science policy, published on March 9 in PLoS One.

By “identifying key unanswered questions on the relationship between science and policy,” the researchers hope to help “improve the mutual understanding and effectiveness of those who work at the interface of science and policy,” they wrote in the paper.

At a workshop in Cambridge, the group members were asked to submit their top questions—totaling 239—which were then whittled down to a list of 40, and divided into six categories. The questions are abstract, considering the relationship between science and policy, rather than asking straightforward questions about particular scientific questions or fields.

“We don’t claim it’s definitive. It’s an open invitation for a wider discussion of this area,” Robert Doubleday of the University of Cambridge, an author on the paper, told Nature.

The uninvolved policymakers that Nature spoke with for comment were, overall, unimpressed by the list, however. “The big challenge is that most scientists and policymakers remain blissfully unaware of all that we do actually know,” said Harvard’s Sheila Jasanoff. “This is a failure of education, and maybe also of science communication.”

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March 14, 2012

Enlightenment?
 
Theories, Blind men-Elephant And Peer-Review
 
A. Theory, the first of several definitions:
http://www.merriam-webster.com...
The analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another.
 
B. Enlightenment, a philosophical movement of the 18th century, characterized by belief in the power of human reason and by innovations in political, religious, and educational doctrine.
http://dictionary.reference.co...
 
C. The tale re the blind men and elephant:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...
 
D. Peer-review:
http://www.merriam-webster.com...
A process by which something proposed (as for research or publication) is evaluated by a group of experts in the appropriate field.
 
E. AAAS peer-review:
http://universe-life.com/2011/...
http://universe-life.com/2011/...
 
F. What kind of enlightenment can re-evolve in a counter-enlightenment culture, in which scientific theories postulated by “blind menâ€쳌 are selectively “certifiedâ€쳌  or “rejectedâ€쳌 by an omnipotent blind-men trade-union-association?
 
Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)
http://universe-life.com/2011/...
http://universe-life.com/2012/...

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March 14, 2012

Enlightenment?
 
Theories, Blind men-Elephant And Peer-Review
 
A. Theory, the first of several definitions:
http://www.merriam-webster.com...
The analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another.
 
B. Enlightenment, a philosophical movement of the 18th century, characterized by belief in the power of human reason and by innovations in political, religious, and educational doctrine.
http://dictionary.reference.co...
 
C. The tale re the blind men and elephant:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...
 
D. Peer-review:
http://www.merriam-webster.com...
A process by which something proposed (as for research or publication) is evaluated by a group of experts in the appropriate field.
 
E. AAAS peer-review:
http://universe-life.com/2011/...
http://universe-life.com/2011/...
 
F. What kind of enlightenment can re-evolve in a counter-enlightenment culture, in which scientific theories postulated by “blind menâ€쳌 are selectively “certifiedâ€쳌  or “rejectedâ€쳌 by an omnipotent blind-men trade-union-association?
 
Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)
http://universe-life.com/2011/...
http://universe-life.com/2012/...

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