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Human intuition is essential to science: Why metrics will not improve scientific governance

Giannella, Eric (2015) Human intuition is essential to science: Why metrics will not improve scientific governance. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (21 Dec 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Scientists not only rely on knowledge reflected in textbooks and papers, but on their intuitions and experience. Answering scientific questions requires imagining what might be the case and then exploring it. Eric Giannella argues the uncertainty of science makes intuition and judgement essential. Yet the effect of metrics is to reduce the role of judgment. Even the most sophisticated set of metrics will not be able to account for scientists’ tacit knowledge.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 14:05
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 16:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70949

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