12 November 2008

Philosophical distinctions

I'd like to recommend a blog item from Jeffrey Bardzell Interaction Culture. It describes the tension in the human-computer interaction community over the different philosophical distinctions that lie behind 'scientific' and 'humanistic' research. Jeffrey notes that objections to a conference paper (which he thought was worthwhile) were raised not on points of logic or method, but on the 'appeal to authority' - which is a fundamental logical fallacy.

I'm sure that, as information research becomes more and more inter- or multi-disciplinary, warning notes like this will be needed more and more.

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