Busting through the scientific glass ceiling good move

A GLOBAL FORUM Ijad Madisch, 31, a virologist and computer scientist, founded ResearchGate, a Berlin-based social networking platform for scientists that has more than 1.3 million members.

The world-wide web is transforming the planet in new and interesting ways. This is one of those ways. Imagine when everyone has a chance to contribute to science who knows where the next big idea might come from? It could come from some obscure place no one heard about but when knowledge is shared and we’re encouraged to build on that the sky is the limit and it makes for a much better and healthier planet. This idea has the effect of sort of attempting to level the playing field of intelligence. Some people appear to have more intelligence because they were fortunate to be born in a family that has tons of money to spend on their education whereas those from poorer family have to make do with little or none at all but yet some of those people are able to rise to the top by sheer grit and common sense – taking what they have and building on knowledge they gather from nature itself. I am so excited about the future of science and technology should this idea take root in other areas of life.

Knowledge should not be hidden for those who can pay for it, we lose. Look at the American Idol and all those reality shows, look at the talent they are unearthing that might have never seen the light of day. It happens because people are given a chance and do not have to pay a lot of money for it.

check this out:

The New England Journal of Medicine marks its 200th anniversary this year with a timeline celebrating the scientific advances first described in its pages: the stethoscope (1816), the use of ether for anesthesia (1846), and disinfecting hands and instruments before surgery (1867), among others.

 For centuries, this is how science has operated — through research done in private, then submitted to science and medical journals to be reviewed by peers and published for the benefit of other researchers and the public at large. But to many scientists, the longevity of that process is nothing to celebrate.

The system is hidebound, expensive and elitist, they say. Peer review can take months, journal subscriptions can be prohibitively costly, and a handful of gatekeepers limit the flow of information. It is an ideal system for sharing knowledge, said the quantum physicist Michael Nielsen, only “if you’re stuck with 17th-century technology.”

Dr. Nielsen and other advocates for “open science” say science can accomplish much more, much faster, in an environment of friction-free collaboration over the Internet. And despite a host of obstacles, including the skepticism of many established scientists, their ideas are gaining traction. read the entire article and be inspired man….

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/science/open-science-challenges-journal-tradition-with-web-collaboration.html

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