Kevin Zollman, “Scientific diversity and the theoretical virtues: a simulation approach” – Jan 17

Speaker: Kevin Zollman, Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Title: “Scientific diversity and the theoretical virtues: a simulation approach”

Date: Thursday, 2019-01-17

Time: 3-5pm

Room: WESB 201

 

Abstract: Science benefits from diversity of opinion.  When opinions become too homogenized, fewer theories are explored and occasionally true theories fall through the cracks.  There is a limit, of course, to the degree of cognitive diversity that is beneficial: we don’t need flat earth physicists around. So, the question becomes how do we maintain some, but not too much, cognitive diversity in a scientific community. This talk will investigate how reliance on different theoretical virtues might serve to maintain optimal disagreement in a scientific community.