[ExI] Physics versus psychology
rpwl at lightlink.com
Fri Oct 22 18:44:25 UTC 2010
> On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 6:54 PM, Damien Broderick wrote:
>> Mathematics is basically people chatting. Physics and psychology is
>> basically people chatting and taking carefully measurements and chatting
>> again then taking more careful measurements.
>> BillK might be getting psychology confused with psychoanalysis, or est, or
> Pull the other one, Damien. :)
> Show me psychologists playing with a billion dollar machine.
Wait: shirley you can't be serious? ;-)
a) There are probably a few hundred multi-million-dollar brain scanning
machines in use by psychologists, worldwide.
b) Cognitive psychologists like myself will soon be needing (and within
the next ten years we will probably be *getting*) some seriously large
supercomputers. In fact, I would not be surprised if you find that
within the next ten years the use of supercomputers by a new branch of
the psychology community starts to overtake all other uses (because this
new branch will be a hybrid of psychology and AI).
However, having said all of that, it ain't scientific need that
determines who gets the billion-dollar toys. You know that. :-)
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