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Common Knowledge

The Challenge of Transdisciplinarity, 1st Edition

Edited by Moira Cockell, Jerome Billotte, Frederic Darbellay, Francis Waldvogel

EPFL Press

220 pages

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Knowledge is a living thing, sustained through dynamic reflexive processes. Whether at the level of cellular signaling pathways, Internet design, or sociocultural interactions, human understanding grows and accrues value through bi-directional transmission across networks of emitters and receptors. And the cross-fertilization of ideas from different sources is what keeps the process vigorous. This book represents a milestone in cultivating constructive exchange between experts and specialists from the physical, natural, economic and human science disciplines. From its sixteen original and highly personal essays portraying multiple facets of the knowledge creation process, emerge a common sense of purpose and a framework of new tools and methodologies for interdisciplinary dialogue.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Edward O. Wilson


Transforming Knowledge into Moira Cockell, Jérôme Billotte, Frédéric Darbellay and Francis Waldvogel

Common Responsibilities

Public, Relational and Organizational Trust in Economic Karen S. Cook and Oliver Schilke

Learning from the Past: How to bring Ethics and Economics in line with the real Nature of the Human Philipp Aerni

Collective Intelligence and Business Enterprise Florence Devouard

Science and the Social Contract: On the Purposes,Uses and Abuses of Sarah Chan, John Harris and John Sulston

Scientific Knowledge Leads to Moral Responsibilities –Case Study Synthetic Anna Deplazes-Zemp and Sebastian Leidel

Common Goals

War and Peace: Conflict and Cooperation in a Tropical Insect Raghavendra Gadagkar

Towards Understanding Conflict Elicitation and Conflict Resolution:Challenges for Brain, Behavioral and Social Urs Luterbacher, Sebastian Di Iorio and Beth Krasna

Academic Prejudice and the Spirit of Humbleness by Edmund Harriss

Kachile – Concepts, Tools & Strategies for a Post-Conflict Environment by Ulf Richter

Disciplines for the Common Good: From insular to systemic interdisciplinarity by Filippo Dal Fiore

Frontiers Research: Seek, Share & Create by Henry Markram and Kamila Markram

Common Language

Towards a Science of Collective Intelligence by Pierre Lévy

Collective Quality: How to design collective standards of knowledge? by Gloria Origgi

Web Science and Reflective Practice by Kieron O’Hara and Wendy Hall

Science Blogs in Research and Popularization of Science: Why, how and for whom? by Antoine Blanchard

Understanding the Science of Noreen Golfman

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)