the unreasonable effectiveness of quantifying habits


Somewhere at Harvard

Although not a new article, this one is certainly fascinating.  With all the media hyper-ventilating about NSA spy programs, the following articled describes just how much information a retailer can glean from your buying habits.

The idea that most of today’s physicists are self-described Platonists is quite remarkable.   As a group, most physicists would agree that the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in theoretical physics is explained by the fact that mathematics exists a priori from human experience and the physical world.  This piece describes how the deification of mathematics – in pursuit of a “theory of everything” – leads to a dizzying array of realities.  Physics’s pangolin


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