Saturday, November 10, 2012

Chomsky on AI, Language, and the History of Science

Finally, Chomsky being interviewed on science instead of politics.  
Philosophy of science is a very interesting field, but I don't think it really contributes to science, it learns from science. It tries to understand what the sciences do, why do they achieve things, what are the wrong paths, see if we can codify that and come to understand. What I think is valuable is the history of science. I think we learn a lot of things from the history of science that can be very valuable to the emerging sciences. Particularly when we realize that in say, the emerging cognitive sciences, we really are in a kind of pre-Galilean stage. We don't know what we're looking for anymore than Galileo did, and there's a lot to learn from that. So for example one striking fact about early science, not just Galileo, but the Galilean breakthrough, was the recognition that simple things are puzzling. -- Noam Chomsky interviewed by Yarden Katz
Yarden Katz
The Atlantic
November 1, 2012