I have decided to sign the “slow science’ petition that is circulating even
though I disagree with some of the statements, the petition
that was started July 17 by Joël Candau, October 29, 2010 (published
July 17, 2011)
here is the French version :
Here is the English from http://slow-science.org/
I suspect that we need a SLOW ART_SCIENCE MANIFESTO also !
I do blog and twitter and think the new media are transforming
science for the better, but I do agree we need “safe places”, what
I used to call “electronic monasteries” where fragile ideas can
germinate. These days there are approaches to “research commons such as the Rosetta Commons
which provide open source environements for trusting communities or practice with permeable
membranes to the outside web
For some tasks we need reactivity and rapid time scales, for others we need slow time scales
here is part of their manifesto:
THE SLOW SCIENCE MANIFESTO
We are scientists. We don’t blog. We don’t twitter. We take our time.
Don’t get us wrong—we do say yes to the accelerated science of the
early 21st century. We say yes to the constant flow of peer-review
journal publications and their impact; we say yes to science blogs and
media & PR necessities; we say yes to increasing specialization and
diversification in all disciplines. We also say yes to research
feeding back into health care and future prosperity. All of us are in
this game, too.
However, we maintain that this cannot be all. Science needs time to
think. Science needs time to read, and time to fail. Science does not
always know what it might be at right now. Science develops
unsteadily, with jerky moves and unpredictable leaps forward—at the
same time, however, it creeps about on a very slow time scale, for
which there must be room and to which justice must be done.
Slow science was pretty much the only science conceivable for hundreds
of years; today, we argue, it deserves revival and needs protection.
Society should give scientists the time they need, but more
importantly, scientists must take their time.
We do need time to think. We do need time to digest. We do need time
to misunderstand each other, especially when fostering lost dialogue
between humanities and natural sciences. We cannot continuously tell
you what our science means; what it will be good for; because we
simply don’t know yet. Science needs time.