Data Will NOT Replace Thinking

5 Oct

As inevitable as it sometimes seems, human thinking is not going to be replaced any time soon.

According to Justin Fox (editorial director of the Harvard Business Review Group), writing at the Harvard Business Review blog: “The element of hypothesis/prediction remains important, not just to science but to the pursuit of knowledge in general. We humans are quite capable of coming up with stories to explain just about anything after the fact. It’s only by trying to come up with our stories beforehand, then testing them, that we can reliably learn the lessons of our experiences — and our data. In the big-data era, those hypotheses can often be bare-bones and fleeting, but they’re still always there, whether we acknowledge them or not.”

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