This Makes Me Think of Hayek’s Sensory Order

15 May 2010 at 2:37 pm 3 comments

| Peter Klein |

From Wired:

Karl Popper, the great philosopher of science, once divided the world into two categories: clocks and clouds. Clocks are neat, orderly systems that can be solved through reduction; clouds are an epistemic mess, “highly irregular, disorderly, and more or less unpredictable.” The mistake of modern science is to pretend that everything is a clock, which is why we get seduced again and again by the false promises of brain scanners and gene sequencers. We want to believe we will understand nature if we find the exact right tool to cut its joints. But that approach is doomed to failure. We live in a universe not of clocks but of clouds.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rafe  |  16 May 2010 at 12:37 am

    It makes me think of the Ginsu knives that I am not going to get because I am not prepared to buy two copies of your book on account of the postage.

    But wait, there is more! For people like me who don’t watch enough TV to know about Ginsu knives.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginsu

  • 2. Peter Klein  |  17 May 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Rafe, I wonder if you’d get better shipping rates to AUS if you try the Amazon link?

  • 3. Rafe  |  18 May 2010 at 5:43 am

    Done!
    $14 postage.
    Beats $81, I almost bought two but didn’t want to bother you about the knives (how many do you have in stock?)

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