The Black Swan? Popper’s falsification approach might be a good logical exercise but that’s not how science is done. We often can’t know if a phenomenon falsifies a theory. There are way too many factors. Since I am not a philosopher, I will narrate a personal anecdote that might illuminate matters. This happened during the…
Herbert Simon: Sciences of the Artificial
Herbert Simon: Sciences of the Artificial. This is a review of Herbert Simon’s “Sciences of the Artificial” that I just finished reading. Let me first say a few words about the writing style. Simon’s writing style is quite lackluster. He isn’t a great writer like say Bertrand Russell, or George Orwell for that matter. But…
Descartes mindless animals: Wrong conclusion but right science!
Cartesians had an idea about animals. They believed that animals were machines without minds. Here’s the story:
Why Einstein was both wrong and right in being so stubborn
Einstein’s stubbornness Based on my limited study of some notable epochs in the history of science, chiefly Newton’s demolition of the mechanical philosophy, I have to say I am rather amazed at times by Einstein’s refusal to go along with Quantum mechanics. Perhaps, it would be instructive to draw parallels with an earlier era in the sciences…
Leo Tolstoy: The Supreme Agent Based Modeler OR What is Agent Based Modeling All About?
I am fond of saying to myself that science is not like art, it is art. However, upon hearing the late Iris Murdoch say that the aims of science and literature are divergent, in that science seeks to clarify whereas literature seeks to mystify, I have been forced to reevaluate my statement. Apparently, some (much?)…