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Re: [APD] Theory vs. Actual

On 9/23/05, Jerry Baker <jerry at bakerweb_biz> wrote:
> Liz Wilhite wrote:
> > The whole point that most everyone else has been trying to make is that
> it
> > is not the data that is at issue, it's the interpretation.
> The interpretation comes from the data. Ever heard of GIGO (Garbage In,
> Garbage Out)? Noisy data means a noisy result.

 No, the interpretation doesn't come from the data. Ever heard of the Raman
effect? Triplet-triplet annihilation? Singlet-triplet transitions? Effects
of minor comformational changes on the absorption and emission properties of
of large, flexible organic molecules? All of these were discovered from data
that were imprecise at best. More precise data didn't improve the concepts
or the understanding of the concepts one iota.
 Entire branches of knowledge in physics, chemistry and biology have been
created by people who were bright and knew how to interpret imprecise data.
Interpretation springs from the mind, and not all of them are created
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