Was going to call this “News from Nowhere” but that was taken by the socialist William Morris who made his living designing furniture and wallpaper for the rich and famous.
Should provide a blow by blow descripton of the journey to Revesby, the exchanges of ideas, the dinner, the car raffle and etc but too busy preparing the papers for the fortnightly meeting of Australian School of Economics (Sydney chapter) and drafting materials for the next volume of Critical Rationalist Papers. The best part of the event was meeeting a couple of Cat readers who were pleased to make visual contact with the legendary but shadowy and elusive figure who has been described as “Australia’s foremost blogger”.
This morning the Lower Neutral Bay faction of the Aust School will meet with the Rozelle faction and the part of the ungrouped faction to plot the overthrow of the welfare state and global socialism. The venue is a conveniently located coffee shop near the North Sydney Pubic Library and Cats who might be interested should make contact on rchampATbigpondDOTnet.au to request a set of the application forms to apply for membership.
Almost in press, adding to the list of Critical Rationalist papers, a collection on the topic of productivity in science. Regrettably this collection is several decades too late to avert the damage that has been inflicted on higher education by the Dawkins debacle. One of the pieces did appear in 1988, concluding:
The debate on higher education and its economic benefits needs to be informed by some study of the ecology of excellence in research and development. Agriculture provides numerous examples, and others would be found elsewhere. So far the plans for reorganisation of education and research are guided more by simple-minded notions of bureaucratic efficiency than from understanding of the conditions that promote effective learning and prompt application of the findings.
The papers in this collection address various aspects of scientific productivity, both the production of knowledge and the delivery of economic returns from scientific research, especially research backed by government funding. Rural research provides a case study of succes and there is a record of interview with the late Jim Vincent who was an important pioneer in microbiologh, especially applied to soils, and the mentor a large number of students, some of whom achieved world renown and placed Austrlia at the front of some fields.
The summary of Terrence Kealey’s monumental work on the economics of scientific research is reprinted, it started as a series of posts on the Cat.
There is a piece about Sir John Eccles, an Austrlian Nobel prizewinner, a review of a book by Francis Crick of The Double Helix and a review of a book of interviews with Nobel prizewinners.
And much more.
Cats who are contemplating the list of publications with their fingers poised uncertainly on the mouse as it hovers over “one click to purchase” should bear in mind that half the proceeds of Jacques Barzun and Others go to IPA, half of Quadrant Papers to Quadrant, 10% of the Popper Guides to Jo Nova and half of The Duhem Problem and the forthcoming Productivity in Science to Mannkal Economics Education Foundation.