python vs perl lines of code

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au
Thu May 18 01:25:33 CEST 2006


"Michael Tobis" <mtobis at gmail.com> writes:

> "The plural of anecdote is not data."
> 
> It's a pithy quote, but it isn't QOTW in my book, simply because it
> isn't true in general. Talk to some paleoclimatologists.
> 
> There is no way to get uniform measures of ancient climate. What
> should we do then? Should we ignore the information we have? Are the
> fortuitously preserved fossils of the very deep past to be ignored
> just because we can't get an unbiased sample?

Those samples can be independently verified by any skilled observer at
another time. This is what distinguishes them from anecdotes, and
breaks your analogy.

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Ben Finney




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