[spsp-members] STEM, social science & humanities scholars making black hole videos together. Join the ngEHT collaboration.

Niels Martens martensniels at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 20:15:57 UTC 2023

STEM, social science & humanities scholars are joining forces to create
high-quality videos of black holes with an Earth-sized virtual telescope.
New white paper out now (open access): https://www.mdpi.com/2139392

If you are an historian, philosopher, sociologist, HPS, STS or legal
scholar interested in joining the Next Generation Event Horizon Telescope
Collaboration (ngEHT.org), contact n.c.m.martens at uu.nl with a brief
description of your background and thoughts about contributing.

GOAL 1: Responsible telescope siting---taking into account not only
environmental & technical but also social, cultural and ethical
specifications when choosing and developing telescope sites.

GOAL 2: tailoring the aesthetic choices of the final black hole videos to
the context of our broader visual culture, taking into account scientific
considerations and public perception.

GOAL 3: Mitigating risks like user bias, holism, opacity and entrenchment
within the various algorithms and inferences that come into play when
imaging black holes, using, for instance, robustness-type arguments.

GOAL 4: Bridging the gap between theory and observation. How to apply
idealised mathematical results such as no-hair theorems to the messy real

GOAL 5: Be a role-model for other large collaborations in terms of the
relationship between individual members and the whole collaboration in
terms of transparent decision-making, diversity, fair credit assignment and
accountability. Designing a governance structure that enables the desired
social epistemology.

*NB: My working hours may not be your working hours so please do not
feel obligated to reply outside your own normal work schedule*

*­­Dr Niels Martens* | Marie Curie Fellow
<https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101065772> | Philosophy Co-lead of ngEHT
Collaboration <https://www.ngeht.org/> | Utrecht University | Freudenthal
Institute | Buys Ballot Building, room 3.11 | Princetonplein 5, 3584 CC
Utrecht | n.c.m.martens at uu.nl | martensniels.wordpress.com | Present on

New open access publications: "Dark Matter Realism"
<https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10701-021-00524-y>, "Editorial
of special issue on dark matter & modified gravity"
, "Sophistry about symmetries?"
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