Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Unreliable research

If you think you can rely on scientific research as truth, you’d be wrong, according to this article. I certainly will be much more skeptical of research from now on.  Well explained, a must-read article from The Economist:

Unreliable research:

Trouble at the lab

Scientists like to think of science as self-correcting. To an alarming degree, it is not

The Economist, Oct 19th 2013

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April 8, 2014 Posted by | information, statistics | , , , , | Leave a comment

The End of Theory?

“All models are wrong, but some are useful” — I love that quote. For me it highlights the raison d’etre of science: to predict and therefore to increase control. I don’t agree with the article that theories and models will become obsolete, but it is time to add some new tools to the set of predicting tools we already have.  And use the most useful ones.

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WIRED MAGAZINE: 16.07

The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete

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August 7, 2008 Posted by | statistics | , , , , | 4 Comments