A friend wonders what I think about this editorial
by Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired
. Anderson says “faced with massive data, this approach to science — hypothesize, model, test — is becoming obsolete.”
Anderson confuses statistical models with scientific ones. As far as the content goes, I’m completely unconvinced. Anderson gives no examples of this approach to science being replaced by something else.
For me, the larger lesson of the editorial is how different science is from engineering. Wired
is mainly about engineering. I’m pretty sure Anderson has some grasp of the subject. Yet this editorial, which reads like something a humanities professor would write, shows that his understanding doesn’t extend to science. It reminds me why I didn’t want to be a doctor (which is like being an engineer.)