Update on “Alternation between complexities of situation studied and the situation of the studier: A series of writing projects”

I provide an update on the ambitious writing plan I formulated during a workshop in October 2016 and posted in February 2017. The “alternation” referred to in the title of the posts concerns the insufficiency of critical accounts of science—its concepts or its practice—without also exploring how people come together to make changes in the lives and work, including work in and about science.

Part I: Taking Yourself Seriously, 2nd edition:
• due for publication early 2019, in planned partnership with University of Massachusetts Press (includes Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces)

Part II: Nature-Nurture? No, 2nd edition:
Current approach is to prepare a number of papers, which together with first edition will be worked into a new book manuscript:
• 5 nature-nurture debates (ms. almost completed)
• genotype-phenotype distinction (published in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
• What to do if something significant is overlooked (under review)
• 5 fundamental gaps in nature-nurture science (working paper, to be submitted for publication)

Part III: Troubled by heterogeneity?
• Heterogeneity, not randomness, sets challenges for quantitative genetics and epidemiology: A response to Davey Smith’s “gloomy prospect”
• Troubled by Heterogeneity? Control, Infrastructure & Participation in Social Epidemiology and Life Course Development
• Heterogeneity and data analysis
• Heterogeneity, control, social infrastructure, and possibilities of participation: Their interplay in modern understandings of heredity and in interpretation of science
• What to do if something significant is overlooked (under review)
• “Who can act? Critical assumptions at the foundations of statistical analysis” (work in progress)

Part IV: Enactable Social theorizing (under revision as a working paper)

Part V: We weren’t done yet (a review of a range of issues that grab me but most other researchers moved on from without resolving or delving into their full significance) (overlaps with VIII?)
• When a field gets to a challenging place, then stops (2018). (55min podcast)

Part VI: Social Construction of Life (under revision to serve as a text for a Spring 2019 course)

Part VII: Design for Living Complexities
• working paper (under revision)
• based on transcripts from recorded lectures for a course

Part VIII: Epidemiological thinking and population health
• “Critical Epidemiological Literacy: Understanding Ideas Better When Placed in Relation to Alternatives,” Synthese in press
• (based on text prepared for a course)

Part VIII: A Partial Design Catalog

Part IX: Whys to Look for Genes: Pros and Cons (combined into a single document, under revision as a working paper)

Part X: More and more curious: Critical Thinking and Beyond (a series of podcasts and videos, to be organized), plus
* “Bringing All to the Table: From the Pumping Station to Project-Based Learning,” pp. 427-439 in C. Winslow (Ed.) River of Fire: Commons, Crisis, and the Imagination. Arlington MA: The Pumping Station, 2016.

Addition since 2016
Part XI: Intersecting Processes
* “Building on construction: An exploration of heterogeneous constructionism, using an analogy from psychology and a sketch from socio-economic modelling” Perspectives on Science, 3(1), 66-98,1995.
* “The social analysis of ecological change: From systems to intersecting processes” Social Science Information, 34: 5-30, 1995. (With R. García-Barrios)
* “Political ecology as a fertile site for social theorizing” (unpublished talk and unfinished manuscript with D. Hall) [see also Taylor references cited]
* “Situatedness and Problematic Boundaries: Conceptualizing Life’s Complex Ecological Context,” Biology & Philosophy, 16 (4):521-532, 2001. (with Y. Haila)
* “Agency, structuredness, and the production of knowledge within intersecting processes,” pp. 81-98 in M. Goldman, P. Nadasdy, and M. Turner (eds.), Knowing Nature: Conversations between Political Ecology and Science Studies, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
* “Now it is impossible ‘simply to continue along previous lines’–
A Partial Design Sketch of Enactable Social Theorizing” (under revision as working paper)
* Nature and Nurture,” in N. Castree, M. Hulme and J. Proctor (Eds.) The Companion to Environmental Studies. London: Routledge, 2018.

Part XII: Anthology of essays in honor of Richard Levins (published September 2018)

This should keep me busy for a while!

P.S. See Caveat Lector
28 Dec 18
Part XIII: Making sense of measurement
* Making sense of measurement course
* t-test paper (almost complete draft)
* Why was Galton concerned about regression
* Re-run predictability:
“The analysis of variance is an analysis of causes (of a very circumscribed kind),” International Journal of Epidemiology, 35: 527-531, 2006.
“Nothing Reliable about Genes or Environment: New Perspectives on Analysis of Similarity Among Relatives in Light of the Possibility of Underlying Heterogeneity,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 40(3): 210-220, 2009.
“Conditionality, repeatability, rerun predictability, and circumscribed causality” (Item F, pp. 66-76) in Nature-Nurture? No (2014)
• “Critical Epidemiological Literacy: Understanding Ideas Better When Placed in Relation to Alternatives,” Synthese in press
* Agent-oriented epidemiology
* Heterogeneity and interpretation of polls
* Mathematical thinking course


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