[FoRK] Side note: the scientific "process"
eugen at leitl.org
Thu May 26 09:35:43 PDT 2005
On Thu, May 26, 2005 at 10:39:52AM -0500, Jeff Bone wrote:
> While this isn't directly in response to Eugen's comments, his
> statement of distaste for "mavericks" is not atypical. I expect that
> much of the criticism against Hawkins' efforts is and will continue
> to be based on this kind of thing.
"Maverick" isn't ad hominem, though. It's just we've had so many of them,
it's a pattern.
> The old saw: in science, progress is made one funeral at a time. To
> which I'd add: or by naive mavericks who don't know any better
> working in relative isolation on hair-brained ideas.
I absolutely agree that the tenured ones with a thick publication track
aren not going to cut it. It's bound to be someone fresh, and not necessarily
from inside the field, if it's a good theory and she's got good funding for the
I'm just thinking Hawkins isn't the one. He definiteley got good ideas, and I
absolutely agree with him rubbishing the established AI research being
not genuine intelligence. It's just he's got a case "I've got a really big
hammer, and everything in the world looks very like a nail" syndrome.
> Also note that hype and criticism of same has a long and honored
> history in the sciences, too. Not at all the dispassionate reasoned
> debate that we would like folks to believe. There was a hailstorm of
> hype --- and criticism of same --- attending the publication of
> Newton's Principia, for example. (No, I am *not* comparing Hawkins'
> little pop book to PM. Just pointing out something about science and
Speaking of hardware, it's really interesting that the Cell apparently aren't
going to debut anywhere else than in PS3, and that strangely enough it's
Xbox360 that's pioneering a really interesting innovation (the 10 MByte
daughter die sitting atop the ATI GPU, with the 256 GByte/s bandwidth).
Of course XBox360 is going to be locked down even tighter than PS3, and with
PS3 we might have a glimmer of hope there's going to be a Linux kit shipped
for it at some point, given the PS2 Linux kit track record.
But, I'm still bummed IBM seems to have pussied out, and will not ship a
consumer/server Linux box with Cells. Why are they trying to pony up FOSS
support for the Cell if there's not going to be hardware?
Altivec integer spiking gives about 3 hits in Google, none of them relevant.
Altivec spiking gives 65, some of them relevant.
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