Norvig and the Nature of Modern Science

May 27, 2011

(This article was first published on John Myles White » Statistics, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

In this, Chomsky is in complete agreement with O’Reilly. (I recognize that the previous sentence would have an extremely low probability in a probabilistic model trained on a newspaper or TV corpus.)1

Anyone who considers themself an intellectual should be required to read this new essay by Peter Norvig. It’s the best summary I’ve ever seen of the many types of science that now exist in our world — almost all of which are moving away from the simple algebraic, deterministic models of the world that fill high school science textbooks.

  1. On Chomsky and the Two Cultures of Statistical Learning

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