Prof. Michael Strevens (NYU): Information Strongly Prefers to be Free
Michael Strevens is visiting the Science Studies Colloqium Series. Strevens is professor in the Philosophy Department at New York University. His academic work is principally concerned with the nature of science, covering topics such as scientific explanation, understanding, complex systems, probability of various sorts, causation, and the social structure of science; he also applies contemporary research in cognitive psychology to explain aspects of both philosophical and scientific thinking.
The seminar is open for everyone!
According to Robert Merton, among the norms of science is a “communist” injunction, according to which scientific information ought to be shared freely. I review some sociological evidence for the existence of the norm, and sketch an explanation that I’ve recently developed for the norm's existence. I then pose the question: Is there anything at all in society at large corresponding to the communist norm in science? A general principle that “Information ought to be free?"