The Growth and Stagnation of our Computational Powers
Just before World War I, Supreme Commander of the Allies Ferdinand Foch brushed off the idea of using planes in combat, saying “[they] are interesting scientific toys, but... are of no military value.” After World Wars I & 2, two atomic bombs, decades of aviation-centric wars and an Obama administration’s worth of drone strikes, Foch is looking a little silly.
With great power come headstrong, greedy idiots, like Cornell Professor Brian Wansink. Once at the top of his field of food psychology, Brian pumped out article after article of fabricated trend. Researchers decided to question him on his findings from an Italian buffet when he claimed that “men eat 93 percent more pizza when they eat with women.”1 It turns out that Brian was parsing so many variables, that he was bound to find a random correlation. After further investigation, Wansinks’s articles were pulled, and he “retired” from Cornell.
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Written by Devaansh Mahtani & Edited by Alexander Fleiss
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