Thursday, November 12, 2015

Essay on the Fallability of Data

If I were an editor of The Atlantic, I might have entitled this, "Your Data Probably Don't Mean What You Think They Mean."

From Thomas Levenson:
Reality imposes a final and authoritative judgment on the rights and wrongs of any idea. In the moment, though, each moment, including ours, meaning in science emerges painfully, slowly, one fallible, historically contingent, self-deceiving and (very) occasionally triumphant scientist at a time.

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