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What It Was Like Being Criticized by Feynman
He had Feynman as an undergraduate teacher and advisor; later he invented quasicrystals. He learned that Feynman called things "impossible" when they violated all existing assumptions and called people including himself "stupid" whenever they made a plain error.
Feynman  via:HackerNews  science  ScientificMethod 
19 days ago by mcherm
Richard Feynman on Science vs. Religion and Why Uncertainty Is Central to Morality
"It is impossible to find an answer which someday will not be found to be wrong."
feynman  science  religion  agnosticism  atheism 
29 days ago by ollyg
The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining | WIRED
"Something extremely unlikely is not unlikely at all if it has already happened."
"The Feynman trap—ransacking data for patterns without any preconceived idea of what one is looking for—is the Achilles heel of studies based on data mining. Finding something unusual or surprising after it has already occurred is neither unusual nor surprising. Patterns are sure to be found, and are likely to be misleading, absurd, or worse."

See also
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-experiment-shows-the-danger-in-black-box-investment-algorithms-2017-06-13
big_data  statistics  patterns  correlation  random  probability  Feynman 
4 weeks ago by Tonti
The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything
The Feynman Technique is a mental model that helps you learn faster and increases retention. Read this article to supercharge your learning.
education  learning  learn  feynman  teach  technique 
5 weeks ago by jonrandy
Male genius creeps
Feynman and others who are lauded for their genius, but also treated women awfully
sexism  gender  women  abuse  science  feynman 
6 weeks ago by nelson
Surely You’re a Creep, Mr. Feynman | Leila McNeill
#MeToo has not much altered the science professions, and it likely won’t until the culture of science is dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up.
science  culture  history  feynman 
6 weeks ago by geetarista

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