Innovation

The Search for Novelty in Science

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Why pre-judging the value of potential stepping stones to a solution, stifles scientific innovation. Kenneth Stanley, one of the world’s top artificial intelligence researchers, has produced a fascinating presentation, on why focusing on an objective can sabotage innovation. Consider how you would teach a robot to solve a maze. The…

climate-literacy

Study: Climate skeptics and proponents score highest on climate science literacy…but are the most polarized

From Yale University and the “I’ll bet this guy never reads RealClimate and WUWT” department: Climate science literacy unrelated to public acceptance of human-caused global warming Those who score highest on test are more politically polarized, study finds Deep public divisions over climate change are unrelated to differences in how well ordinary citizens understand scientific…