Against Radical Empiricism - Experience needs Theory

  • Experience teaches nothing without theory. (W. Edwards Deming)
  • Without sensibility no object would be given to us, and without understanding none would be thought. Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind (Kant, Critique Pure Reason.)
  • The Sophists then appeared, men of no system but surveying all, only to find a multitude of ineffectual predicates applied to the world. (W.A. Heidel)
  • A radical empiricism … denies the possibility of knowledge (Hans Reichenbach, The rise of scientific philosophy)
  • no matter their ‘depth’ and sophistication, machine learning algorithms merely fit model forms to data. (Coveney, Dougherty, Highfield)
  • Data have no meaning apart from their context (W. Shewhart)
  • Gelman and Loken warn about the dangers of Borgean "garden of forking paths" when analyzing data. here.


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