Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Epic Fail

Steven Pinker destroys Malcolm Gladwell.

Everyone's favorite part seems to be this:
An eclectic essayist is necessarily a dilettante, which is not in itself a bad thing. But Gladwell frequently holds forth about statistics and psychology, and his lack of technical grounding in these subjects can be jarring. He provides misleading definitions of “homology,” “sagittal plane” and “power law” and quotes an expert speaking about an “igon value” (that’s eigenvalue, a basic concept in linear algebra).
Poor Malcolm.


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