My proposal for a presentaton for the Conference was rejected. My ideas emphasize individuals creating and testing their OWN ideas — not necessarily following the protocols required by an established professional to test the professionals’ own ideas. Each individual has the potential to create his/her own research, research that might fill in gaps in the field that are not perceived by established professionals. One of my favorite examples is global climate change: when I was born, this topic received little attention, certainly far less than it does today. With 20-20 hindsight, scientists regret not having paid more attention to the topic, which was simply not fashionable 50 years ago. Today’s professional scientists might be only dimly aware of what new topics will be important a half-century now, but if ordinary people are doing a wide variety of individual research projects, at least some of those studies could, with time, be seen as visionary.
What a pity your presentaton for the Conference was rejected – it sounds interesting. Here is some reading that relates to what you say. It is by one of our speakers, Cindy Regalado – https://uclexcites.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/we-make-the-road-by-walking-looking-at-the-bigger-picture-as-a-road-map-for-citizen-science/
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