The Wisdom of Crowds

Galton undoubtedly thought that the average guess of the group would be way off the mark. After all, mix a few very smart people with some mediocre people and a lot of dumb people, and it seems likely you’d end up with a dumb answer. But Galton was wrong. The crowd had guessed that theContinue reading “The Wisdom of Crowds”

The Myth of Matter, p. 8

After Einstein Some people say –perhaps rightly– Einstein didn’t really invent any new theories at all. It’s a fact that other people were working on parts of the same ideas that Einstein put together in his four miracle papers. This complaint reminds me of the Hans Christian Andersen story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” On oneContinue reading “The Myth of Matter, p. 8”

The Myth of Matter, p. 7

Orthodoxy in Science Having learned how harmful it can be to cling to one’s ideology – regardless of how well-reasoned that ideology might be – it may seem puzzling to learn that the ideas of Euclid, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton and Mendeleev gained the same force of orthodoxy in science as the Inquisitors’ words had inContinue reading “The Myth of Matter, p. 7”

Crying in the Wilderness

So they said to him, “Who are you? We need an answer! What do you have to say for yourself?”