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Contact us at [email protected] Kotsenburg was particularly ebullient after the win. wisely skipped the Opening Ceremonies to rest up . and then spent that night in his room eating any junk food he and his pals could find "I was eating mad snacks" he said "Chocolate Onion rings Chips We were chilling really hard Then we fell asleep watching Fight Club Getting stoked you know" Anderson’s got her quirky side too Rachel Bachman of the Wall Street Journal writes: The night before the race she calmed herself with candles incense meditation and yoga At a postrace interview session Anderson displayed the totems she carried with her for good luck: a clear quartz ("power stone") moonstone and mantra beads Along with her parents and most of her siblings her "spirit grandma" traveled to Russia to see her compete In Vancouver the US won nine gold medals – more than quadrupling its Calgary haul The US won a record 37 medals in 2010; in Calgary the Americans won six While Team USA has shown vast improvements across most winter sports over the years no country has benefited more from the addition of extreme Olympic events The invisible hand wraps gold around American necks The US television networks are constantly trying to reach that younger demo ESPN’s X-Games which began in 1995 showed that sports like snowboarding could attract an audience The International Olympic Committee is also on the constant lookout for younger fans So everyone’s interests are aligned NBC pays a ransom for the rights to broadcast the Olympics The IOC wants NBC’s money and extreme sports audience NBC wants events that can deliver a return on its massive investment So what new events do we see in the Winter Olympics this cycle Slopestyle snowboarding plus half-pipe skiing and slopestyle skiing Gnarly The US may have trouble matching the medal haul from Vancouver When the Americans venture across an ocean for the Winter Games the winning edge often gets lost in transit But slopestyle has given Team USA some impressive momentum in Sochi And given the state of Olympic economics America’s winter athletes will stay stoked for years Write to Sean Gregory at [email protected] Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the nations internationally recognized parliament elected in June was invalid dealing another crippling blow to the remnants of the countrys fledgling government according to the BBC The parliament in turn dismissed the court’s ruling claiming that its verdict was handed down "under the threat of arms" according to Middle East news outlet al-Arabiya The North African nation has been rocked by unceasing bouts of instability since the armed overthrow and murder of former strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 Libyas government is now located in Tobruk near the Egyptian border after authorities fled the capital Tripoli earlier this summer to escape an Islamist-led militia US officials are considering imposing fresh sanctions on the country’s myriad militias many of which are backed by competing regional powers in order to halt the ongoing proxy war in the country reports Reuters [BBC] Contact us at [email protected] Shane Parrish writes Farnam Street Its not immediately clear to the layman what the essential difference is between science and something masquerading as science: pseudoscience The distinction gets at the core of what comprises human knowledge: How do we actually know something to be true Is it simply because our powers of observation tell us so Or is there more to it Sir Karl Popper the scientific philosopher was interested in the same problem How do we actually define the scientific process How do we know which theories can be said to be truly explanatory He began addressing it in a lecture which is printed in the book Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (also available online): When I received the list of participants in this course and realized that I had been asked to speak to philosophical colleagues I thought after some hesitation and consultation that you would probably prefer me to speak about those problems which interest me most and about those developments with which I am most intimately acquainted I therefore decided to do what I have never done before: to give you a report on my own work in the philosophy of science since the autumn of 1919 when I first began to grapple with the problem When should a theory be ranked as scientific or Is there a criterion for the scientific character or status of a theory Popper saw a problem with the number of theories he considered non-scientific that on their surface seemed to have a lot in common with good hard rigorous science But the question of how we decide which theories are compatible with the scientific method and those which are not was harder than it seemed *** It is most common to say that science is done by collecting observations and grinding out theories from them Charles Darwin once said after working long and hard at the problem of the Origin of Species My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts This is a popularly accepted notion We observe observe and observe and we look for theories to best explain the mass of facts (Although even this is not really true: Popper points out that we must start with some a priori knowledge to be able to generate new knowledge Observation is always done with some hypotheses in mindwe cant understand the world from a totally blank slate More on that another time) The problem as Popper saw it is that some bodies of knowledge more properly named pseudosciences would be considered scientific if the "Observe & Deduce" operating definition were left alone For example a believing astrologist can ably provide you with "evidence" that their theories are sound The biographical information of a great many people can be explained this way theyd say The astrologist would tell you for example about how "Leos" seek to be the center of attention; ambitious strong seeking limelight As proof they might follow up with a host of real-life Leos: World-leaders celebrities politicians and so on In some sense the theory would hold up The observations could be explained by the theory which is how science works right Sir Karl ran into this problem in a concrete way because he lived during a time when psychoanalytic theories were all the rage at just the same time Einstein was laying out a new foundation for the physical sciences with the concept of relativity What made Popper uncomfortable were comparisons between the two Why did he feel so uneasy putting Marxist theories and Freudian psychology in the same category of knowledge as Einsteins Relativity Did all three not have vast explanatory power in the world Each theorys proponents certainly believed so but Popper was not satisfied It was during the summer of 1919 that I began to feel more and more dissatisfied with these three theoriesthe Marxist theory of history psychoanalysis and individual psychology; and I began to feel dubious about their claims to scientific status My problem perhaps first took the simple form What is wrong with Marxism psycho-analysis and individual psychology Why are they so different from physical theories from Newtons theory and especially from the theory of relativity I found that those of my friends who were admirers of Marx Freud and Adler were impressed by a number of points common to these theories and especially by their apparent explanatory power These theories appeared to be able to explain practically everything that happened within the fields to which they referred The study of any of them seemed to have the effect of an intellectual conversion or revelation opening your eyes to a new truth hidden from those not yet initiated Once your eyes were thus opened you saw confirming instances everywhere: the world was full of verifications of the theory Whatever happened always confirmed it Thus its truth appeared manifest; and unbelievers were clearly people who did not want to see the manifest truth; who refused to see it either because it was against their class interest or because of their repressions which were still un-analysed and crying aloud for treatment Here was the salient problem: The proponents of these new sciences saw validations and verifications of their theories everywhere If you were having trouble as an adult it could always be explained by something your mother or father had done to you when you were young some repressed something-or-other that hadnt been analyzed and solved They were confirmation bias machines What was the missing element Popper had figured it out before long: The non-scientific theories could not be falsified They were not testable in a legitimate way There was no possible objection that could be raised which would show the theory to be wrong In a true science the following statement can be easily made: "If x happens it would show demonstrably that theory y is not true" We can then design an experiment a physical one or sometimes a simple thought experiment to figure out if x actually does happen Its the opposite of looking for verification; you must try to show the theory is incorrect and if you fail to do so thereby strengthen it Pseudosciences cannot and do not do thisthey are not strong enough to hold up As an example Popper discussed Freuds theories of the mind in relation to Alfred Adlers so-called "individual psychology" which was popular at the time: I may illustrate this by two very different examples of human behaviour: that of a man who pushes a child into the water with the intention of drowning it; and that of a man who sacrifices his life in an attempt to save the child Each of these two cases can be explained with equal ease in Freudian and in Adlerian terms According to Freud the first man suffered from repression (say of some component of his Oedipus complex) while the second man had achieved sublimation According to Adler the first man suffered from feelings of inferiority (producing perhaps the need to prove to himself that he dared to commit some crime) and so did the second man (whose need was to prove to himself that he dared to rescue the child) I could not think of any human behaviour which could not be interpreted in terms of either theory It was precisely this factthat they always fitted that they were always confirmedwhich in the eyes of their admirers constituted the strongest argument in favour of these theories It began to dawn on me that this apparent strength was in fact their weakness Popper contrasted these theories against Relativity which made specific verifiable predictions giving the conditions under which the predictions could be shown false It turned out that Einsteins predictions came to be true when tested thus verifying the theory through attempts to falsify it But the essential nature of the theory gave grounds under which it could have been wrong To this day physicists seek to figure out where Relativity breaks down in order to come to a more fundamental understanding of physical reality And while the theory may eventually be proven incomplete or a special case of a more general phenomenon it has still made accurate testable predictions that have led to practical breakthroughs Thus in Poppers words science requires testability: "If observation shows that the predicted effect is definitely absent then the theory is simply refuted" This means a good theory must have an element of risk to it It must be able to be proven wrong under stated conditions From there Popper laid out his essential conclusions which are useful to any thinker trying to figure out if a theory they hold dear is something that can be put in the scientific realm: 1 It is easy to obtain confirmations or verifications for nearly every theoryif we look for confirmations 2 Confirmations should count only if they are the result of risky predictions; that is to say if unenlightened by the theory in question we should have expected an event which was incompatible with the theoryan event which would have refuted the theory 3 Every good scientific theory is a prohibition: it forbids certain things to happen The more a theory forbids the better it is 4 A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is nonscientific Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice 5 Every genuine test of a theory is an attempt to falsify it or to refute it Testability is falsifiability; but there are degrees of testability: some theories are more testable more exposed to refutation than others; they take as it were greater risks 6 Confirming evidence should not count except when it is the result of a genuine test of the theory; and this means that it can be presented as a serious but unsuccessful attempt to falsify the theory (I now speak in such cases of corroborating evidence) 7 Some genuinely testable theories when found to be false are still upheld by their admirersfor example by introducing ad hoc some auxiliary assumption or by re-interpreting the theory ad hoc in such a way that it escapes refutation Such a procedure is always possible but it rescues the theory from refutation only at the price of destroying or at least lowering its scientific status (I later described such a rescuing operation as a conventionalist twist or a conventionalist stratagem) One can sum up all this by saying that the criterion of the scientific status of a theory is its falsifiability or refutability or testability Finally Popper was careful to say that it is not possible to prove that Freudianism was not true at least in part But we can say that we simply dont know whether its true because it does not make specific testable predictions It may have many kernels of truth in it but we cant tell The theory would have to be restated This is the essential "line of demarcation" as Popper called it between science and pseudoscience This piece originally appeared on Farnam Street You do want to get smarter don’t you Connect with Farnam Street on Facebook and Twitter for more insight Join over 70000+ readers and get a free weekly update via email here Contact us at [email protected] IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsSingle ladies of Moscow keep an eye out on dating websites for images of a balding shirtless man emerging from a tank hoisting a gun riding a horse or engaged in other similarly macho pursuits It could be your president Vladimir Putin who just finalized his divorce Putin 61 and his wife of 30 years Lyudmila 56 have officially split the Kremlin announced Tuesday The couple had announced they were separating on Russian state television in June last year They have two adult daughters Lyudmilawho is reported to have once referred to her ex-husband as a "vampire"called the divorce "civilized" and said they would "always remain close" Mr Putin said the split "was a joint decision: we hardly see each other each of us has our own life" Putin has steadfastly denied rumors that he has been intimately involved with former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva since 2008 who served as a torch bearer in the opening ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics [BBC] Contact us at [email protected]

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