After watching the interview with Professor Stuart Firestein, I was left with questions about revision in science. During the interview, Professor Firestein explained that revision is perceived as a victory in science. He suggested that science depends on iteration and constantly revising theories based on new data. Although I agree that science depends on iteration, it is not the only field of study that depends on iteration. For example, writing in History and English is about revision and clarification. I would therefore like to ask Professor Firestein what he thinks about other fields of study also depending on revision.
I was interested in Professor Firestein’s discussion of time as providing the sense that the future continues outward. He explained that time is innate for humans but not for others. For what other creatures is some sense of time not innate? Does following circadian rhythms “count” as having a sense of time? What does it actually mean to have a “sense of time” and can that mean different things in different contexts?
To watch the Prediction X interview with Professor Stuart Firestein, please see the link here!