Ockham's Razor - Program podcast

William of Ockham was an English monk, philosopher, theologian, who provided the scientific method with its key principle 700 years ago. 'What can be done with fewer assumptions is done in vain with more,' he said. That is, in explaining any phenomenon, we should use no more explanatory concepts than are absolutely necessary. Simplicity should never be despised. Thoughtful people have their say, without interruption, on important science-related topics.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/

subscribe
share


 
 

    Central banking in the Internet Age


    It turns out that modern technology, particularly the internet, could enable our most pressing problems in banking to be solved.


    share





    11m
    Saturday

    The innovation race


    Technology is transforming the economies of the world but Australia is being left behind; participating in the innovation revolution from the safe confines of being a bystander. Marlene Kanga is calling on Gen Y and Gen Z to create — and not just consume.


    share





    12m
    last week

    Seeing patterns (even when they aren’t there)


    Len Fisher says we’re all inclined to look for patterns in events, and there are two reasons why we see patterns even when they aren’t there: one is evolutionary, the other is mathematical.


    share





    11m
    this month

    Seeing patterns (even when they aren't there)


    Len Fisher says we’re all inclined to look for patterns in events, and there are two reasons why we see patterns even when they aren’t there: one is evolutionary, the other is mathematical.


    share





    11m
    this month

    The life of Dr Janet Irwin


    It’s not common for doctors to speak out publicly on health issues which are contentious or viewed as political. Dr Janet Irwin was an exception to this rule.


    share





    10m
    this month

    Translating research


    Why do we hear so much more about drug and treatment innovations than about research that improves the lives of patients while they wait for those innovations to see the light of day?


    share





    12m
    last month

    Aquaculture in Indonesia


    What do we know about science in Indonesia? We rarely hear about what LIPI is doing — Indonesia's equivalent of the CSIRO. During her time there, Mari Rhydwen discovered the country's different approach to science — and ‘different ways of being’.


    share





    12m
    last month

    Mathematics, my father and me


    Too many of us fear mathematics, probably because of the way we were taught in primary school. That's a great pity, according to Don Aitkin, because it is, as his father taught him, a most useful tool in everyday life.


    share





    11m
    last month

    Changing oncology education for the better


    It is estimated that 134,174 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year. Many medical students and newly graduated doctors, however, are still uncomfortable with the disease, says Ben Bravery.


    share





    12m
    last month

    The duty of researchers to influence policy


    Simon Chapman AO says there's never been a more important time for researchers all over the world to speak up about their work — its implications and how societies and governments should act on it.


    share





    10m
    last month