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Feedback on draft theses

I have recieved (and read with pleasure) 9 out of the possible 10 draft theses. Thank you for that. I give an overview of what I have recognized as dreams formulated:

  • Support the checking of scientific consensus (look for hidden controversies)
  • Find a way to establish that medical evidence meets the Daubert standard
  • Build a bridge between alpha and beta disciplines
  • Solve the problem of hand-picking snippets of scientific evidence strategically
  • Solve the problem emerging when speculation trumps social scientific evidence in courts
  • Find out what a doctor’s rights are (how to prevent being held accountable for a patient’s death)
  • Give legal experts the knowledge needed for evaluating medical diagnostics
  • Combine statistic and scientific expertise
  • Recognise (pseudo) scientific evidence as such in court

All these dreams are interesting and on topic in the HC. I think it is wise to warn again that the issue of cross-diciplinary discomforts is too big and complex an isuue to be solved completely in a single HC thesis. To be able to submit something of value it is necessary to focus and define limits of scope.

For example Freweini’s dream (recognise (pseudo) scientific evidence as such in court) is really at the heart of our HC, yet may also be too big to accomplish. When reading what she has been up to, I thought  that dreaming about  answering questions like how do I define/comprehend the concepts of “miscarriage of justice” and “miscarriage of science” might be more than sufficient for carrying a single thesis. Moreover, such definitions/understanding is almost a prerequisite for the other theses. My point is not that Freweini ought to follow this suggestion, but to stress that when complete solutions are not reasonable, limiting the scope of one’s dream might be in order, and is acceptable.

There have been raised questions about re-engineering. I have suggested that you use this technique for finding mechanisms that help realise your dream. Writing a thesis and planning research for falsification are design activities. Re-engineering is designing in reverse: finding ways how a (possibly imagined) end product can have been realised from a known initial state.

I have noticed that you did really send draft material. Perhaps it is useful for you to be informed that I found the draft by Liz Lieverse currently already up to final-version standards (or allmost).

I think that not everyone has yet grasped the idea of discussing the falsification issue at the end: specifying how a hypothesis can be falsified is of great sceintific importance. When you cannot falsify it,, it cannot become science. So the falsification requirement really matters (also for grading). [And please be reminded that considering side-effects can be part of alsification]

Good luck, success and have a happy new year! (And feel free to email me with specific questions when you happen to get stuck — my ancient experience as a computer programmer taught me that the simple excercise of explaining a problem I got stuck in was often sufficient to see the solution).

0.00 Framework for the book

We have seen five examples of clashes between disciplinary cultures: The grudge informer case as in the Hart-Fuller debate. A clash between the applied and the fundamental sub-cultures within one discipline (Law: positivist v. realist/naturalist); The Buikhuizen affair/scandal. The clash is between α, β, γ and δ in a time where the idea that criminal […] Continue reading →

0.11 On institutions

When considering the four different cultures (as in the Combining α − β − γ − δ, and 4 heuristics slide), it is clear that operational units do appear at different levels of aggregation and are compound, linking diverse operational sub-units (that may in turn aggregate diverse sub units at a lower level of aggregation) together. In physics, a […] Continue reading →

Eerste LyX screen recording

In deze post wilde ik een link naar mijn eerste LyX screen recording opnemen, die in 11 minuten laat zien hoe je een klein boekje in elkaar kunt zetten. Het is allemaal nog heel amateuristisch, qua media, waarvoor mijn verontschuldiging. Ik hoop een en ander te kunnen verbeteren in vervolg screencasts. Ik ben trouwens heel […] Continue reading →

0.09 Realist/Pragmatist/Critical/ Naturalist Argument

Applying the two-legged analysis to legal theory yields several fields for studying the application of law — they may be named realist or pragmatist or critical or naturalist or something else. For legal scholars, the realist approach implies concern about morality, as an important issue supporting a legal system’s stability. Interestingly, a system’s stability is at stake, when […] Continue reading →

0.08 Positivist Argument

Applying the two-legged analysis to legal theory yields a theoretical/fundamental field that is named positivist. For legal scholars, the positivist approach implies detachment from morality, uncritical acceptation by the judiciary of laws that have been validly promulgated. The principle of the separation of powers binds judges to such laws. As a result, positivist legal thinking […] Continue reading →

Intro to USA Legal System (for Law students)

The USA legal system has two domains: the federal domain (single) and the state domain (with all 50 states, plus the federal district [of Columbia or D.C.]). Both federal and (each) state domains have a constitution, legislation and administrative regulations. The constitutions describe (and limit) the powers of the government, and the ways the bodies […] Continue reading →

0.06 Disciplinary legs and lacks

As far as we know any discipline stands on two legs — has both a fundamental/theoretical subdomain and a subdomain for application. It often happens that within a single discipline a cultural divide between these subdomains emerges. For instance in the law, as shown in the Hart – Fuller debate. In the β, γ and δ […] Continue reading →

0.04 What is meant by use here?

In the context of accomplishments, use equals the potential to influence. Lessig, when looking at the www in his famous (Lessig, L. (2006). Code Version 2.0. Basic Books (AZ)) and wondering what regulatory forces would fail, emerge and prevail, famously identified four regulatory forces: the law, the market, norms and architecture. Of these, architecture was […] Continue reading →

0.02 AIM: Turning Risk into Art into Use

Goya’s etching illustrates the general idea behind aiming for an accomplishment: look for what risks it helps to domesticate, look for and master some heuristics1 that may be effective and consider how this mastery may help put the heuristics to good use. So we look for the risks related to cross-disciplinary disdain, for the heuristics […] Continue reading →

Week 1

The first week meeting is for introduction. After considering some examples and Rakoff’s seminal paper, we turn to the Aim of the course, which is to better understand disciplinary communication and miscommunication, and prepare heuristics for handling them. We focus shortly on the generic distinctions between fundamental/theoretical and applied science, and discuss some aspects of […] Continue reading →

0.01 SLUB HC Existential Assumptions

Adopting a few assumptions explicitly as requirements for common understanding of what we are doing in the SLUB HC may be useful: Only a few comments (and references — these are not referring to anything required for the HC). The C.P. Snow address was republished in extended form in 1965. (Snow, C. (1965). The Two […] Continue reading →

0.00 On the HC SLUB (in general)

I will upload a few of the slides presented (or left aside for reasons of time) in week one with very short comments that ought be accessible to participants. Here is the first: The SLUB honours class addresses (in a multidisciplinary manner, based on some of the “Manuals” for legal professionals) the reasons why proponents […] Continue reading →

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