PhD 020: Dr. Ben McNeil on the Creativity Deficit in Science and
Dr. Benjamin McNeil is a Senior Lecturer at University of New South Wales and creator of He wrote this piece for Ars Technica titled “Is there a creativity deficit in science?” What are the hurdles to professors getting funding? How can we pursue projects that might not have an immediately apparent payoff? How did the coupling of scientific “failure” and personal “failure” develop? To what extent do corporations have a role in scientific research and endeavors? How science can connect with society? Organizations as platforms to raise money for your research We revisit “secret learning” and “new knowledge” (i.e. negative results and/or failures) Thanks to Ben McNeil again for a great show and interview. You can reach him at [email protected]. Definitely check out to see some current projects and give your own projects a shot. If you have any comments or questions, stop by and leave a comment. You can also email us at [email protected] or on Twitter @PhDPodcast. You can also help support the show in a few different ways. Follow the link in the show notes to leave an honest rating and review in the iTunes store. This goes a long way to spread the word of our show to people who haven’t heard it yet. And if you are interested in helping with the financial aspects of producing and hosting this show, you can become a Patron at, where even a dollar a month helps pay for making each episode. Thanks to Masha E. for becoming the latest patron! As always, you can find all this information and everything we discussed today at [Episode card adapted from an image by Flickr user Bruce Tuten and used under the Creative Commons license]