[meteorite-list] Inferring meaning where there is none by geologists
From: Paul <etchplain_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2019 16:09:19 -0500
Perceived connections: Inferring meaning where there is none
Meaningless data are tough words to swallow. John Armitage and
Tom Coulthard argue that Earth scientists must face up to the fact
that some observations might be an aggregation of seemingly
random events, where there is no cause and effect.
Armitage, J. & Coulthard, T., Perceived connections: Inferring
meaning where there is none. Geoscientist 28 (11), 18-21, 2018
Falk, R. and Konold, C., 1997. Making sense of randomness: Implicit
encoding as a basis for judgment. Psychological Review, 104(2), p.301-318
A related editorial well worth finding and reading is:
Wright, V.P., 2019. Memes, False News, and the Death of Empiricism.
Journal of Sedimentary Research, 89(4), pp.310-311.
Received on Sat 01 Jun 2019 05:09:19 PM PDT