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PhD 020: Dr. Ben McNeil on the Creativity Deficit in Science and Thinkable.org

May 15th, 2015

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Dr. Benjamin McNeil is a Senior Lecturer at University of New South Wales and creator of Thinkable.org. He wrote this piece for Ars Technica titled “Is there a creativity deficit in science?”

  • What are the hurdles to professors getting funding?
  • How can we pursue projects that might not have an immediately apparent payoff?
  • How did the coupling of scientific “failure” and personal “failure” develop?
  • To what extent do corporations have a role in scientific research and endeavors?
  • How science can connect with society?
  • Organizations as platforms to raise money for your research
  • We revisit “secret learning” and “new knowledge” (i.e. negative results and/or failures)

Thanks to Ben McNeil again for a great show and interview. You can reach him at ben@thinkable.org. Definitely check out Thinkable.org to see some current projects and give your own projects a shot.

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