Jim talks with Michael Nielsen about the ideas in his and Kanjun Qiu’s recent essay, “A Vision of Metascience: An Engine of Improvement for the Social Processes of Science“…
Jim talks with Michael Nielsen about the ideas in his and Kanjun Qiu’s recent essay, “A Vision of Metascience: An Engine of Improvement for the Social Processes of Science.” They discuss the meaning of metascience, a vivid example in Genovese maritime insurance, attracting intellectual dark matter, creation & limitations of the h-index, frozen accidents in our scientific operating system, what allowed the original DARPA to be so productive, funding-by-variance, failure audits, changing the unit of evaluation from papers to software, at-the-bench fellowships, science funders as detectors & predictors, endowed professorships by age 25, eliciting the secret thesis, metascience as an imaginative design practice, bottlenecks to decentralized improvement, the Open Science Collaboration, pre-registered study designs, metascience entrepreneurship, the arXiv preprint server, and much more.
- Episode Transcript
- “A Vision of Metascience: An Engine of Improvement for the Social Processes of Science,” by Michael Nielsen and Kanjun Qiu
- Michael Nielsen (website)
- JRS EP12 – Brian Nosek – Open Science and Reproducibility
Michael Nielsen is a scientist who helped pioneer quantum computing and the modern open science movement. His main current projects are in metascience, programmable matter, and tools for thought. He is the recent co-author of a book-long essay, “A Vision of Metascience”, outlining the ways in which the institutions of science can become self-improving. All his work is united by a broader interest in tools that help people think and create, both individually and collectively. He is a research fellow at the Astera Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area.