Friday, 13 February 2009

Knowledge is created in communication, Simon Schaffer

"The last 20 years of my life has been about exploring the consequences that knowledge is made by communication, rather than made prior to communication and then communicated... The arrow points from the TV program to the laboratory, and from the lecture series to the theory, NOT the other way around." (I am précis-ing Scaffer's exact words, but this is the gist of it.)

Simon Schaffer, Professor of history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University. (He taught me when I was an undergraduate, but that's another story!) He is an extraordinary intellect. On this page you can down load a 4 hour interview with him - comes in 3 mp4 files. I found it only ran on Adobe QuickTime - not Windows Media player.

The last part (Schaffer3.mp4) is probably the most generally interesting. The first 2 parts are more about his life, than his work, the last part more about his work than his life.

Simon Schaffer interview - watch Part 3

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