Science is Community

March 15, 2010

Torah Kachur

Most people think of scientists as socially-retarded, awkward and geeky. Which is completely true.  But, the foundation of pursuing science is a social network of the brightest people on the planet - dedicated to sharing information.  After all, we aren't social weirdos when we are all together.

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No one person can understand all the aspects of a single scientific problem - the largest supercomputer still can't mimic the folding of a microscopic protein.  Scientists share their research and communicate using  a network of well established peer-reviewed journals.  The Lancet, Science, Nature, Cancer, Cell...all publish groundbreaking research aimed at the tiniest of genius audiences.  But what about the rest of us?

Science Commons is trying to change that.

The internet is full of information, most of it completely useless and often incorrect (or porn).  Wikipedia is pretty good, but not something that you would use in your thesis or dissertation.  There is an immense need to use the internet to share science in a way that has never been done before.  To develop an online community of scientists that are interacting and sharing in real time in all corners of the globe.

The future of science is always the future of mankind.  With increasing the scientific content, accuracy and speed at which science is communicated, we will be pushing human mental capabilities to a whole new level.

I just hope I'm smart enough to keep up.



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