Science as Story Telling: Issues Arisen and Arising
Notes and forum related to discussion at a Tri-co Science Studies Group meeting, 16 November 2010
Paul Grobstein (2005) Revisiting science in culture: science as story telling and story revising. Journal of Research Practice 1 (1), Article M1 http://jrp.icaap.org/index.php/jrp/article/view/9/17
- A need to clarify and/or alter the term "story"?
- A need to clarify/strengthen the irrelevance of "mirror of nature" approach and of Popper's "reality" as necessary ingredient?
- A need to clarify/strengthen/expand on "generativity" as alternative essential criterion for science while remaining in spirit of "no truth"?
- A need to clarify/expand on relationship to the "demarcation problem"? Argument is/should be about science or about inquiry with science as subset?
- A need to clarify/expand on science as "professional activity" as opposed to something engaged in by all people?
Engagement with "non-human" entitities/forms of interaction?
Commitment to maximizing "objectivity," ie widely shared stories?
Acceptance of need to invest time/energy in procedures/language aimed at that?
Unusual commitment to skepticism, including self-skepticism, unusual tolerance for uncertainty?