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Liam Bright

Liam Bright
@lastpositivist

Jan 23
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I'd like to dedicate our new paper to James Lindsay and all my fellow gnostic cult members around the world. tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.10…

Title: To be Scientific is to be Communist

By Liam Kofi Bright and Remco Heesen. 

Abstract: What differentiates scientific research from non-scientific inquiry? Philosophers addressing this question have typically been inspired by the exalted social place and intellectual achievements of science. They have hence tended to point to some epistemic virtue or methodological feature of science that sets it apart. Our discussion on the other hand is motivated by the case of commercial research, which we argue is distinct from (and often epistemically inferior to) academic research. We consider a deflationary view in which science refers to whatever is regarded as epistemically successful, but find that this does not leave room for the important notion of scientific error and fails to capture distinctive social elements of science. This leads us to the view that a demarcation criterion should be a widely upheld social norm without immediate epistemic connotation.
We actually had this saved as "cheeky demarcation paper".
Liam Bright

Liam Bright

@lastpositivist
Aspiring philosopher; tolerable human; "amusing combination of sardonic detachment & literally all the feelings felt entirely unironically all at once" [he/his]
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