End of Theory

Wired published an article in June of 2008 titled, The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete.  One point made by the writer, Chris Anderson, is that the saturation of data out there has diminished the need and relevance of scientific method.  The precedent of a small population developing a hypothesis no longer carries the weight it once did.   The notion of correlation had been negated and viewed as merely coincidence, but has now gained new significance.  Instead Anderson observes, “With enough data, the numbers speak for themselves.”  

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/16-07/pb_theory

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