Tuesday, May 07, 2013


Bayesian epistemology...

...in The Guardian.
It doesn't begin well...
The late Margaret "Tina" Thatcher claimed that "there is no alternative" to economic liberalism, and our own iron Frau Angela Merkel has defended her controversial fiscal policies for Europe with the very same slogan. It is not surprising that politicians use such thought-terminating cliches to push through their agenda, but remarkably the "there is no alternative" argument also plays a vital role in science. 
so it can't end well.
It fails, however, if we are certain that the number of alternative theories is infinite.
The number of alternative policies in England and Germany were/are finite.

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