Bacon, Popper or Polanyi? The philosophy of modern experimental biology and the impact of the big data revolution

Edelstein Colloquium 2016-2017

10.5.2017, At the Edelstein Center 20:00

Ute Deichmann, Jacques Loeb Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Bacon, Popper or Polanyi? The philosophy of modern experimental biology and the impact of the big data revolution

Using historical case studies dealing with research on fundamental questions related to development and heredity from the 19th to the 21st century, the paper (i) examines researchers’ underlying epistemologies with a focus on induction, critical theory testing, commitment to scientific belief, and epistemic authority; (ii) analyzes the extent to which postmodernism and the availability of big genomic sequencing data have been changing the conventional epistemologies.