Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cargo Cult Science

Richard Feynman's address on Cargo Cult Science. Starts off in deceptively simple language talking about general pseudoscience silliness (and also girls; this is Feynman after all), but then later goes into more serious discussion of some troubling shortcomings seen in big university research programs. The rat maze example in particular stuck with me the first time I read this-- it's a real reminder to think critically about the assumptions you make in designing experiments.

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