ISCID News Editor
Member # 1417
posted 04. March 2006 02:50
Launched just this month, hypothetico-deductive.info is new science and philosophy of science portal with free registration for membership and an increasing variety of free resources. The editor has issued a call for papers. The themes of the portal are the pursuit of hard science, the exclusion of ideologically driven assumptions and extrapolations from scientific practice, and the freedom of scientific thought.
Free resources include a large archive of free and royalty free scientific images, updated monthly in hypothetico-deductive.info's scientific photo surveys. This month the scientific photo survey is 'Life in the Shallows at Low Tide: New South Wales South Coast, Australia'. Coming photo surveys include 'A Tour of the Mogo Zoo', a physics and astronomy survey, a mathamatics and fractals survey, and a microscopy survey.
Submission of Scientific Papers
There is a standard peer review process for papers on the site, but there is also a section for papers where submitting researchers can opt for limited or even no peer review. This limited peer review release is offered (based on the discretion of the editor) for the purposes of encouraging and facilitating rapid dissemination of new scientific discoveries and ideas, which is conducive to evoking professional feedback, increasing scientific collaboration and attracting venture resources and industry sponsorship. The developer of hypothetico-deductive.info believes that limited peer review and open access, embargo free publishing are practices wholly appropriate to the information age, given the power of the internet for rapid, accurate sharing of information - the principle objective that the originators of the Internet (DARPA) and the World Wide Web (CERN) began with.
Scientific papers submitted must be hard-scientific in nature, and written and developed in keeping with the principles of the pursuit of hard science, and the concommitant seperation of ideological concerns from scientific practice, that hypothetico-deductive espouses.
Full peer review and limited peer review papers can be full open access or covered by standard copyright. No payment and no guarantees are offered for papers, but nor are any fees charged for publication. All decisions of the editor are final. Papers that have failed to pass peer review previously for other publications will be considered provided it can be plainly demonstrated that the prior rejection was based on ideological predjudice rather than the hard-scientific merits of the paper. This does not mean that papers which confuse hard-scientific practice with metaphysical or supernatural elements or themes will be accepted. Although hypothetico-deductive seeks to avoid artificial ideologically and philosophically based constraints on scientific endeavor, such as philosophical materialism, reductionism and physicalism, it also seeks to protect scientific practice from becoming confused by metaphysical, theological and supernatural implications and inferences. Materialist metaphysical assumptions are not necessary, but unambiguous, rigorously documented, appropriately systematic, mathematised, repeatable, verifiable, validated experiments and results are. Papers that rely on extensive logical extrapolation and hard-scientifically unproven assumptions will not pass muster.
Submission of History and Philosophy of Science Papers
HPS papers must exhibit the highest standards of systematic scholarship in historical and philosophical research and investigation. Again, papers must be in keeping with the themes of freedom of scientific thought, and the freeing of science from a-prori ideological encumbrances, although papers investigating the implications of the same are obviously considered appropriate.
A Note from the Editor - Science, Ideology and Ethics
In reality, ideological and related ethical implications are impossible to avoid in science, and ethical observations are critical. However, hypothetico-deductive.info believes they should be entertained separately from the actual hard-scientific process itself. Ethical or moral decisions and observations can be made about scientific endeavors based on the stated aims of the experiment or undertaking and the scientists involved, and on an understanding of the problems that they seek to address. It is then possible to make ethical observations about the outcomes, especially any unexpected outcomes, during or after the applied experimental phases. However, once a scientific project is ethically ratified, it is still possible to do science without a 'reading in' or a-priori induction of separate or related ideological convictions, which can, and generally do, adversely affect the interpretation and analysis of results and outcomes, and more importantly, also influence the structuring and design of analytical processes, simulations and experiments in implementation. Eliminating ideological influence from hard scientific practice does not mean eliminating the need for, or possibility of, the ethical consideration of the worth of a scientific undertaking.
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