Friday links: disagreement vs. scientific progress, and more

But not much more, sorry.

From Jeremy:

When is persistent disagreement within an academic field a sign that the field is not making progress? Sample quote:

Disciplines fail or break down in the same way that conversations fail or break down: for lack of conversation partners, for lack of interest in a topic, or for chronic lack of agreement on what counts as a useful contribution. While some kinds of failure just lead to embarrassing lulls, the latter sort of failure is potentially destructive of the conversation itself.

Five lessons from an ecology graduate student transplanted to Capitol Hill.



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