April 07, 2004

Real passion in the blogosphere

I go off to the other side of campus for a few measly hours, and what do I find when I get back?

A delicious, passionate argument about the only subject that seems to inspire this kind of thing these days: law school rankings intelligent design.

Hey, I don't give a rat's ass either way about evolution, but I do love arguments. It's fun to just watch this furious battle. Listen to this rhetoric:

Side A: Although Im a bit rusty I do believe this is the proper way to deduce outcomes using Bayesian probability. I could have also put in in this form: P (U1 v U2) = (N1) + (N2) + (N3)P(U1).P(U2)

Side B: Break out that tetanus shot because you go way beyond rusty. Somehow or other, N1, which is an event, gets added to N2, which is an event, gets added to N3 and there are dots and probabilities--what is the mathematical character of that ellipses connecting P(U1), and what exactly are U1 and U2? Different universes? What the hell are you trying to do? Do you have any idea what you're talking about? You can't add events and get probabilities.

Doesn't get any zestier than that, folks!

Posted by Carey at April 7, 2004 06:53 PM