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


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 ) or GreenXChange ( )

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

and maturation

roger malina

here is part of their 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.