The End of Theory

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The End of Theory

Post by Buckwheat » Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:39 am

I find this article interesting: ... /pb_theory" onclick=";return false;
"All models are wrong, but some are useful."... [I would quote more but I'm sure it is copyright, so follow the link, please.]
Now if we can direct this approach away from selling things and toward eliminating human suffering... ;)
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: The End of Theory

Post by Kim OHara » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:31 am

Hi, Buckwheat,
Yes, it's thought provoking all right. However, it's a few years old so I looked for results. I found ... -projects/, which tells us the project went ahead but doesn't say it has achieved much.

And as for applying it to the elimination of suffering, it boils down very quickly to pure behaviourism, as in, "We don't know or care what's actually happening inside you but we know that these actions and conditions lead to these results."

IMHO (I can be humble sometimes, if I try really hard :tongue: ), models are still the way to go, for most of us nearly all the time. They are the stories we tell to reduce messy, overwhelming reality to comprehensible summaries. Like the man said, all of them are wrong but some are (nevertheless) useful.


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