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Theoreticus Prime vs Praktikertron


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There is a perceived tension between theory and practice, and between theorists and practitioners. In this talk, we will propose and illustrate using a practical example that practice generates data and theory is the data which we care about. Rather than focusing on theory over practice or practice over theory, a choice of theory, practice, or both is driven by the data needed for a particular task and contextual factors.

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Theoreticus Prime vs Praktikertron

  1. 1. Theoreticus Prime vs Praktikertron Sneha Bhat and James Thomas CEWT 5 2018-01-28
  2. 2. Anonymous Yogi Berra In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. Theory is when you know everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but no one knows why. In our lab, theory and practice are combined: nothing works and no one knows why.
  4. 4. Screw it! Let’s do it! Without theory, experience has no meaning. Without theory, one has no questions to ask. Hence without theory, there is no learning. Hypothesis! Test! Theory!
  5. 5. Got what I need? Yes? We’re done! No? Get to work! PRACTICE
  6. 6. Data Sharing Data Gathering (physical) Theory guided practice Data Gathering (theory) Expertise Intuition Experience Tacit knowledge Community of practice
  7. 7. Not “theory or practice?” … … but rather “what data do I need?”
  8. 8. Selected References • Deming: Education/dp/0262541165 • Berra, Anonymous: • Branson: • Transformer images: • Transformer coins: silver-proof-coins • Timer: