Sunday, 29 May 2011

Science and engineering

And the human principle

A couple of snippets, from facing pages in this week's issue of New Scientist magazine–

… our beliefs come first and our explanations – or rationalisations – follow … philosophers of science have long argued that our theories, or beliefs, are the lens through which we see the world, making it difficult for us to accesss an objective reality.
(Amanda Gefter's review of Michael Shermer's The Believing Brain)

Engineering tends to start with what is technologically possible … talk about experiences instead. Taking a shower, for example: you don't need to know about plumbing works, but what people love about taking showers. This approach creates very different solutins
(Anthropologist Genevieve Bell, interviewed by Jeremy Webb)

There is no need to labour either point with respect to Conductive Education, its understanding, research, communication and training.

References

Geftner, A. (2011) Review of M. Shermer, The Believing Brain, London, Times Books, 2011, in New Scientist, 28 May, p. 49

Webb, J. (2011) Intel anthropologist: fieldwork with the silicon tribe. Anthropology gives Genevieve Ball a unique take on new technology, in New Scientist, 28 May, p. 48

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