Scientific Utopias

It is not often that I write in English on my blog. However, today, I decide to bring to everyone's attention a new initiative on understanding different perspectives on collaboration and collaborations, namely the Scientific Utopias blog. The purpose of Scientific Utopias is to launch a wide, cross-disciplinary discussion about collaboration in science and humanities.

The idea of this blog came up few weeks ago after one Romanian cultural weekly (Dilema Veche) published a series of articles ((Inapoi la colectivism? )) (( Colectivism si asociere)) that were discussing the problem of collaboration and collaborations. These articles, by Andrei Pleșu and Vintilă Mihăilescu, bring into discussion questions like :

  • What is the natural size of a collaboration?
  • Does the activity of a collaboration reflect the ideas of a single person ? Or is it the result of a collective thinking ?
  • What comes first the individual or the collaboration?
  • Does collaboration produce knowledge?
  • The articles received a series of replies ((Despre “colectivism științific” in Dilema)) ((La colectiva stiintifica !)) from scientist activating in sciences ( as opposed to the authors of the above mentioned articles whom activate in humanities) and a reply from Dana Jalobeanu ((Colectivism, solitudine, colaborare: progresul cunoaşterii şi proprietatea asupra ideilor)), lecturer of History and Philosophy of Science (with a physics background). Dana Jalobeanu brought the subject to discussion in an online group of philosophers where heated discussions started. Soon, we noticed that a new format for discussions is needed and Scientific Utopias blog was born.

    At Scientific Utopias we are looking for contributors coming from different disciplines and willing to share their personal experiences and their thoughts. We believe that it is increasingly important to discuss comparatively and critically the various forms of collaborative enterprises (those currently in use, those which have already gone out of fashion, those who will become important tomorrow…). Hence we invite you to mark Scientific Utopias into your bookmarks or/and blogroll, to visit us constantly, and to join into the discussions.

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