Amsterdam, 27 April 2009: At the Intelligent Interactive Distributed Systems group at the Free University of Amsterdam, Martijn is one of the spiders in the web. When I entered the group as visiting fellow he made me feel at home. While arranging practicalities he would, in his own special shorthand way, make remarks about the research I was about to do. It seems that Martijn does not appreciate socially accepted thinking or questions, as becomes apparent in the interview hereunder as well. For a start he will defend his hard position in current debates, not at all willing to allow any ‘soft’ reasoning of the social scientist I am. Surprisingly, after he has cornered my thinking, he starts to be really interested in what is actually at stake. In the exchanges I have with him, the concept of ‘interdisciplinary collaboration’ does not describe what happened. It has been more a query into how two planets communicate. In such conversations the scientific, social and political world all connect and little by little space for thinking evolves.
Read the interview here