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vol VII: Notes

Introduction

These notes are the log of a journey. Not a systematic log, as we expect the captain of a ship to keep, but an opportunistic log, entered only when I feel the need to write. I am publishing these notes for three reasons:

First, they capture some fleeting thoughts as they flit past. So they are not a coherent essay, but a series of scenes that might fit together somehow. By writing them out and rereading them, I hope to capture some of the process that led me to write this natural theology site.

Second, the writing process, by which I transcribe my mental states into text is largely unconscious and out of my control. On rereading, I often find traces of ideas that have not yet become fully conscious. By establishing a searchable archive, I can give myself and others access to the genesis of the textual expression of these ideas.

Third, to establish a context for the more refined sections of this site, documenting some of the personal motivations behind the positions I have occupied. Like the data leading to an hypothesis or theory, this context gives meaning and relevance to the more abstract expressions that arise when one tries to generalize personal experience to the whole world.

I have come to think of this part of the site as an open (but personal) laboratory notebook.

Much of the experience and insight recorded here has been happened in the company of other people, mostly still living. I hopeI have suppressed anything and everything which might identify anyone.

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Papers
Nature Q&A, , "Data on display", Nature, 455, 7211, 18 September 2008, page 273. 'Risking being scooped and having patents refused, some scientists are posting their data online as they produce them. Organic chemist Jean-Claude Bradley of the Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pensylvania, and biochemist Cameron Neylon of the University of Southhampton, UK, describe this 'open notebook' approach. What is an 'open notebook'? Bradley: The basic philosophy of open-notebook science is to have no insider information. ... '. back
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Data on Display: Nature News Data on Display: Nature News 'Risking being scooped and having patents refused, some scientists are posting their data online as they produce them. Organic chemist Jean-Claude Bradley of the Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pensylvania, and biochemist Cameron Neylon of the University of Southhampton, UK, describe this 'open notebook' approach. What is an 'open notebook'? Bradley: The basic philosophy of open-notebook science is to have no insider information. ... ' back
Open Notebook Science - Wikipedia Open Notebook Science - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 'Open Notebook Science is the practice of making the entire primary record of a research project publicly available online as it is recorded. This involves placing the personal, or laboratory, notebook of the researcher online along with all raw and processed data, and any associated material, as this material is generated. The approach may be summed up by the slogan 'no insider information'. It is the logical extreme of transparent approaches to research and explicitly includes the making available of failed, less significant, and otherwise unpublished experiments; so called 'Dark Data'.' back
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