Sunday, May 17, 2015

Crowd Sourcing and Anonymous Science

Maybe the future of science will be in the form of crowd-sourced anonymous discussions, which will be used to formulate testable hypotheses and experimental design.  Then publicly funded labs would pick up the work, perform the experiments, and publish the results.  The results would then be discussed by the anonymous crowds.

The anonymity is crucial, because it would act as an objectivity filter.  The mechanism of anonymity would specifically act to prevent the formation of visible "personas", because comments would not be traceable to a known identity.  So over time the discussions would assume the form of a "collective mind" debating with itself.

A picture of IEC Table rotations

I have always struggled with a mental picture to help understand how rotation directions work in IEC table coordinates.  As we were looking...