Re: prediction and worth

Bryant (
10 Sep 1996 14:31:42 -0600

In article <>,
Shannon Adams <> wrote:

>Just wondering why prediction is the standard of worth for a field of
>study. I have my own ideas but I wanted to get the natives opinion ;)

1. There are many native Americans on this newsgroup who have already
expressed their sensitivity about labels. I seriously expect that
this reference, with its allusion to "natives" as ignorant masses, is
bound to hurt people's feelings.

2. Prediction is only a measure of how well a given approach approximates
a system. If you can predict how a system will behave under certain
circumstances, you probably have a good approximation of that part of how
the system works, how it's put together, etc.