A Quote by Kevin Kelly on consequences, facts, justice, life, problems, science, simplicity, technology, theory, and time

The hard part is keeping it simple. Says Farmer, "The more complex the problem is, the simpler the models that you end up having to use. It's easy to fit the data perfectly, but if you do that, you invariably end up just fitting to the flukes. The key is to generalize." Prediction machinery is ultimately theory-making machinery -- devices for generating abstractions and generalizations. Prediction machinery chews on the mess of seemingly random chicken-scratch data produced by complex and living things. If there is a sufficiently large stream of data over time, the device can discern a small bit of pattern. Slowly, the technology shapes an internal ad hoc model of how the data might be produced. The apparatus shuns "overfitting" the pattern on specific data and leans to the fuzzy fit of a somewhat imprecise generalization. Once it has a general fit -- a theory -- it can make a prediction. In fact, prediction is the whole point of theories. "Prediction is the most useful, the most tangible, and, in many respects, the most important consequence of having a scientific theory," Farmer declares.

Kevin Kelly

Source: Wired, Interview with Doyne Farmer, “Cracking Wall Street“

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A Quote by Katharine Butler Hathaway on consequences, fear, instinct, and life

If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.

Katharine Butler Hathaway

Source: The Journals and Letters of the Little Locksmith, 1946.

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A Quote by Bishop Joseph Butler on action, consequences, deception, and desires

Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be: why then should we desire to be deceived?

Joseph Butler (1692 - 1752)

Source: Fifteen Sermons. No.7, § 16

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on consequences, discretion, errors, learning, life, mind, perfection, prejudice, rest, sharing, talent, value, virtue, weakness, wit, work, and world

There are many shining qualities on the mind of man; but none so useful as discretion. It is this which gives a value to all the rest, and sets them at work in their proper places, and turns them to the advantage of their possessor. Without it, learning is pedantry; wit, impertinence; virtue itself looks like weakness; and the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice. Though a man has all other perfections and wants discretion, he will be of no great consequence in the world; but if he has this single talent in perfection, and but a common share of others, he may do what he pleases in his station of life.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by John Quincy Adams on consequences, cruelty, and idleness

La molesse est douce, et sa suite est cruelle. - Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.

John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)

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A Quote by John Peter Berger on awareness, consequences, death, people, politics, principles, world, writers, and writing

In the modern world, in which thousands of people are dying every hour as a consequence of politics, no writing anywhere can begin to be credible unless it is informed by political awareness and principles. Writers who have neither product utopian trash.

John Peter Berger (1926 -)

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A Quote by John Philpot Curran on consequences, crime, eternity, god, guilt, liberty, and punishment

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.

John Philpot Curran (1750 - 1817)

Source: a speech upon the Right of Election of Lord Mayor of Dublin, July 10, 1790

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A Quote by John Hoyt on abuse, animals, consequences, cruelty, education, ethics, hope, and justice

For too long we have occupied ourselves with responding to the consequences of cruelty and abuse and have neglected the important task of building up an ethical system in which justice for animals is regarded as the norm rather than the exception. Our only hope is to put our focus on the education of the young.

John Hoyt (1932 -)

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A Quote by John Dewey on consequences, courage, discipline, effort, past, seriousness, and present

Every serious-minded person knows that a large part of the effort required in moral discipline consists in the courage needed to acknowledge the unpleasant consequences of one's past and present acts.

John Dewey (1859 - 1952)

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A Quote by John Adams on confidence, congress, consequences, opportunity, time, and wisdom

I request that they may be considered in confidence, until the members of Congress are fully possessed of their contents, and shall have had opportunity to deliberate on the consequences of their publication; after which time, I submit them to your wisdom.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: message to both houses of Congress transmitting dispatches from France, April 3, 1798.—The Works of John Adams, ed. Charles Francis Adams, vol. 9, p. 158 (1854).

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