Retreats: Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Science

Once a year, we escape into the wilderness of Puerto Rico to discuss and reflect upon ethical and philosophical issues regarding science. Topics in the past have included paradigm shifts in science, religion and science, women in science, and other relevant issues. We cycle through a set of books:

  1. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Thomas S. Kuhn)
  2. The Logic of Scientific Discovery (Karl R. Popper)
  3. Ignorance; How it Drives Science (Stuart Firestein)
  4. Pasteur’s Quadrant; Basic Science and Technological Innovation (Donald E. Stokes)
  5. Advice for a Young Investigator (Santiago Ramón y Cajal)
  6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)