Prickly Painkiller: Scientific American

Prickly Painkiller: Scientific American.

High Speed Science: NIH vs. 23andMe Smackdown

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Another excellent article on turning the scientific method on its head using new web based social networking data mining methods versus hypothesis/testing. For example compares the conventional approach of NIH to that of 23andMe in studying Parkinson’s which lead to a reduction in research time from 6 years to 8 months.

Crowd-sourcing science: Sergey Brin’s Search for a Parkinson’s Cure

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google...
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google Inc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This guy has the money and the brains to turn the  hypothesis testing scientific method on its head and speed up our currently extremely expensive and slow drug discovery process using the power of the Internet to analyze massive data sets and look for patterns.

Sergey Brin’s Search for a Parkinson’s Cure | Wired Magazine |

Google and the End of the Scientific Method


This interesting article argues that with the massive amounts of pure data emerging now via Google like data centers on everything from real estate patterns, to astrophysics and drug discovery, the scientific method of hypothesis testing is no longer needed. Instead what is becoming important is a participant observer approach of simply observing patterns in massive numbers of activities in real time then then visualizing the trends.