Aspirational science

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: June 22, 2016

Year of Publication: 2016

Author(s): Joern Fischer

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Joern Fischer with Leuphana University Lueneburg argues that scientists not only need to search for better answers, but also better questions:

In short: make a habit of challenging yourself to try to see things differently, taking on different perspectives. Not so much that it paralyses you, but enough so that you can keep expanding your understanding of the universe (instead of only focusing it). Aspirational science implies broadening the questions we ask, and not just refining the answers.

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  • Vaughan Wiles

    Hello MAHB and Joern Fischer,

    I liked your post on aspirational science. Thank you. The idea of hyper-specialities is where people stay in their reference points and seldom leave them, like you suggested in your post. Science theories that cover many specialties from different and non-complimentary areas is frowned upon, for the most part. It’s almost as if one were not allowed to reference many ideas from competing viewpoints and mindsets. It would seem that if we are going to move ideas for climate mitigation forward, that a broad basket of disciplines should be allowed and encouraged to flourish. Many researchers and universities, it would seem, stay safely within their predictable and familiar mindsets. So there needs to be new thinking where an expanding mindset, working on many climate problems at once, would be regarded as an asset. As climate warming becomes more of an issue, faster than anyone predicted, thinking outside of the box needs to become the new normal rather than a catch-phrase.