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
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.