Monday, 30 May 2011

Good behaviour!

It's just past 5:30 in the morning in the leafy suburb of Highfield, Southampton. I have just witnessed an extraordinary sight. Outside the hotel is a temporary traffic light. A cyclist stopped at the light, dismounted and walked the bike past the roadworks on the pavement! Bear in mind that there was no one about to see this good behaviour. Yet the cyclist did the right thing.

Bit of a contrast to the bastard cyclist who ran into me in Exhibition Road in London last week, going the wrong way in a one-way section.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Where is the evidence?

Been thinking a lot lately about the relative importance of evidence and reason. "Evidence-based" is a frequent and much-valued adjectival phrase. It's easy to see, however, that because some hypothesis is evidence-based, this does not make it valid.

Without the application of logic and reason, both the methodology and the interpretation may be deeply flawed, leading to a fallacious hypothesis.