Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

When simplifying reality doesn’t work

Science is just coming up with better and better ways to predict something by simplification of reality — discovering “causations”. Statistics is supposed to help us with this.  But we tend to forget that causations supposedly found this way are not reality, just something we come up with to help our ability to predict better.  The universe is extremely complex, and simplifying assumption can make our predictions wrong.  A fascinating article from Wired magazine, January 2012:

Why Science Is Failing Us



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January 5, 2012 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, philosophy | , , , , | Leave a comment