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    By Alex "Sandy" Antunes | November 11th 2011 03:45 PM | 1 comment | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Is the author of 'open notebook astronomy' an idiot?  Over at 365DOA, there is a full article on open notebook astronomy.  What is open notebook?  Making your data and your work visible, rather than only presenting the subset you find personally relevant.

    How does this help science?  Well, I could re-imagine the above article, but without openness.  Instead, I just present the parts that I think are relevant to my argument that the author of open notebook astronomy is, indeed, an idiot.

    To support this, he starts with "Much of [...] an astronomer [is] a secret."  I argue that means he can't be trusted on issues of openness, since he himself is stating he is secret.  Further, he suggests "tax payers [...] should be made public."  This suggests that you, ordinary solid citizens all, should have publically visible lives while scientists remain secret?  I think not.

    Then, this supposed professor of openness says "Most of all, [...] keeping [sic] the inner workings of science secret!".  Okay, we get it, you want to keep it secret yet are arguing for open notebook science.  Seems a bit of a conflict, really?

    He doesn't want to just share your data, he wants to enslave you, only under the guise of 'sharing.  "as Kindergarten might tell you, sharing is good. [...] we could have patented [...] a podcaster that you happen to take a fancy too… and you end up having names like comet Shoemaker-Levy 9".  Patenting people then naming they as numbers?  Sheer lunacy!

    You could argue I'm taking quotes out of context.  To know for sure, you'll have to check the original article.  But isn't that the point of open notebook science-- that the best path to accuracy is to provide all your original source material?
    you can buy these fine open notebooks at staples.com!
    Until next week,
    Alex
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    Comments

    Hi, this is a very, very bad article!
    Because it is a very good example about how an article out of context could derive in the opposite meaning.
    It is ironic. Ironicly, some people use this strategy "seriously".
    There are some arguments that are weak, but compelling.
    And there are arguments that could be "boring" but strong.
    The people who think that yesterday was "a special day" is guided by arguments of the first class. Of course, they want to be "open-minded", but they didn't open a single book.
    And here we have an article about open-book that, with irony, show us how not to be close-minded.
    I repeat: it is a very, very bad article. Thanks!