Jose Ospina

Bogota, Colombia

About Jose

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My trajectory, previous experience or current activities, as long as my diplomas or area of expertise are not relevant to interpreting my ideas.

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English, Italian, Spanish

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Jose Ospina
Posted almost 4 years ago
Science As A Human Right
Well Timothy, thanks for the exemplification. Exemplification definitively helps when discussing about something. I now understand better the way in which you would like to use science in broader areas. I'm sure that, well done, this would represent a better approach than simply value-oriented or interest-oriented decisions. I just wanted to put in evidence one danger about this, which obeys some sort of mitification people sometimes have about science, and it is that the science can be easily misinterpreted and misused. Science is not an "automatic correct solution provider", but a methodology that allows you to improve (or completely change) your solution based on the previous ones, while keeping, as you mentioned, "the measurements" as the only indisputable axiom. The problem is that for a single reality, there are infinite models that explain the measurements... On my work, I continuosly have to use science to solve practical problems, and I have learned that, contrary to what people usually believe, using science to solve practical problems is largely more about building the right model that provides the right answers (a subjective activity), rather than providing the solution based on a particular model (an exact scientific acitivity).
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Jose Ospina
Posted almost 4 years ago
Science As A Human Right
I used to agree with your point, but recently I've changed my position. There are two reasons for which I believe science should not become the framework for political, economical and social decisions: 1) measurements are not absolute, they obey subjectivities of the observer. 2) measurements alone are of no use, science needs to build a model to interpret measurements, and the construction of this model is not unique; again, depends completely on subjectivities of the observer. So, instead of relaying on numbers and measurements for taking decisions, it may be better to relay on consenses and equilibrium of powers.
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Jose Ospina
Posted almost 4 years ago
Science As A Human Right
Science is just in theory as good as you describe it. In practice science must struggle with human nature as all the others approaches to life. Science can easily be affected by standardization, subjectivity and egocentric thoughts, consuming more resources of the society that what it actually provides. Science is nice, but it should not be goddified, because that is, itself, a contradiction with scientific thinking.
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Jose Ospina
Posted over 5 years ago
Derek Sivers: How to start a movement
The idea is expressed in an “inspiring-like” language. But I would add another variable, “the chance of failure”: if a time threshold is exceeded, the first follower will convert himself into the first looser (I’m not kidding….). Each individual makes an estimation of how much he wants to be part of the movement and how likely (he thinks) is that he will become a looser. That is why some people stands up and others do not: the “he thinks” part is subjective. The time threshold is increased by each new follower until it becomes so large that it is greater than the duration of the activity, there is where you have a fully successful movement (referred to some limited space and duration).