Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The End of Theory: The Scientific Method is Obsolete

"All models are wrong, but some are useful." Fascinating stuff but is it really just throwing the baby out with the bathwater? Compiling and computing data at a rate unseen or imagined in the history of humankind is a giant leap forward but we'll still end up in the same place. It's almost backwards, where the immense data generates a theory to describe the results rather than a few data sets inspiring them. Yet, imagination in science on the order of, say, Einstein's brain, will never be replaced, at least in my lifetime.

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