Why Scientific Discovery Thrives on ‘Creative Anarchy’

By Rewarding Bold Experiments, the Ecosystem of Funding and Research Could Produce More Breakthroughs

Science is one great success of our civilizations, from the erudition of the ancient Greeks and Arabs, to the practicality of the Renaissance and the Modern era. It is one of the key drivers of our increased prosperity and our ability to cause problems, but also our ability to solve them. Science has stimulated and satisfied our curiosity about the world around us and the universe beyond.

But the way that we organize our scientific research is bafflingly tribal. As a practicing scientist who has moved through large-scale industrial projects …

Author David Weinberger

A Witch on the New Jersey Turnpike?

David Weinberger is the author of Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is …

What a Fine Mess Knowledge Has Become

But That’s Not a Bad Thing, Says David Weinberger

“Knowledge is in crisis,” David Weinberger told a crowd at the Goethe Institut Los Angeles. “We can look at any of the most secure, visible incarnations of knowledge in our …

What Google Can’t Tell You

What Do Depth, Nuance, Context, and Balance Have in Common? You Can’t Find Them Through Search Engines

 

We used to rely on people for knowledge. Now we rely on search engines. This is changing how we make decisions, how we educate ourselves, and how we live. In …

Stop Complaining, There Was Always TMI

 

The word “bit” was used as a term of measuring information in 1948, coined by 32-year-old mathematician and engineer Claude Shannon in The Bell System Technical Journal. “The bit now …

Can There Really Be TMI?

 

Information rules all of our lives. In fact, DNA, the building block of our bodies, is “the quintessential information molecule,” writes journalist James Gleick in his new book, The Information: …