All posts filed under “Memetics

What’s after SEO? Memetic engineering?

Search Engine Optimisation had officially entered into academia when publishers started to provide guides to SEO (here’s example of such guide from Wiley). Of course, authors of scholarly literature have used SEO (often under other names) for much longer, although now it’s official and almost recommended. I’m interested in SEO for more than 10 years, often experimenting with various techniques (for example, if you look for CLANS, Java software for clustering of protein sequences, my blog post describing the software…

Google’s Panda and the research assessment

Search engine optimization is a fascinating field. I was playing around with the concept, looking for holes in search algorithms or browsers source code a long time ago but I’m trying to catch up with developments a few times a year. Most of Google users haven’t noticed its new algorithm for scoring pages called Panda. It is based on extensive manual assessment of sample websites and quite detailed¬†questionnaire covering such aspects as trust, authority, presence of ads or quality of…

Ten commandments of open science

No, this is not “Ten simple rules of open science” (although it could be nice if we could write such article and publish it at PLoS Computational Biology) – this is the list of TEN COMMANDMENTS of open science: 1.¬†You shall give everything away free (do not over-protect your research); do not patent – sell your expertise. Release source code under open source license, publish OA articles and do not abuse intellectual property rights. 2. You shall change the world,…

Science as a complex system – introduction

Image via Wikipedia Which complex system? Complexity theory, that is studying complex systems, is tracked back to 18th century with classical political economy of the Scottish Enlightenment, although the real pioneers of the field are 20th century’s philosophers, economists, mathematicians and social scientists. It’s a rather young field, but it already covers quite large number of topics (such as complex adaptive systems, chaos theory, non-linearity, emergence or self-organization) and which influences other fields of science, like biology, sociology or economics….

More on strategy for promoting Open Science

Cover via Amazon It seems obvious that science depends on communication although we tend to limit the scope of this word to communication of (raw) results and knowledge. Moreover, we rarely pay any attention to the way the message is transmitted, what is the perception of the message in the public, and finally, what is the strength of the message. We are rational and we don’t need this “marketing” trick, right? Well, it doesn’t seem to be true. Perception of…

On mental inertia in the biological sciences

In the recent issue of Trends in Biological Sciences there’s an article by Alexander M. Shneider (yes, the one who also wrote “Four stages of a scientific discipline; four types of scientists“) entitled: “Mental inertia in the biological sciences“. Author defines mental inertia as … the basis that precludes a scientist from taking the most productive step and adapting the most frutiful line of reasoning available at the moment, with considerations of the current level of scientific methods, approaches and…