Not drowning, counting
"Philip Veerman" <>
Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:01:40 +1000
agree with David. Or, although this is really off topic: the quote “All science is counting”
could mean that “All science is having an impact on our lives”. As in
counting taken as meaning contributing. The page iii quote on the COG Atlas is
What a weird
concept of 'science'! A more apposite approach would be to say that all science
is the careful analysis and interpretation of data and information, or similar.
Counting is simply a means to an end. And there is plenty of science (e.g. the
kind of qualitative social science research that I do) that has no numbers, and
no counting, involved at all.
Razor, ABC RN, 22Jan12
On 31/07/2012 9:49 AM, Geoffrey Dabb wrote:
You might have heard on Radio National this morning Dr
Peter Doherty talking about his new book, and giving a big plug to
bird-counting by amateurs as an important contribution to the science of
ornithology. In passing he mentioned the aphorism: “All science is
counting”. This makes me slightly uneasy because it is a short step to
“All counting is science”, a doubtful proposition, but entertained by
some. You need to count the right things, surely. So many counters
out there, so many things.
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