Bart "Fuzzy Thinker" Kosko


Subject: Bart "Fuzzy Thinker" Kosko
artfldodgr@my-deja.com
Date: Fri Aug 18 2000 - 18:51:24 MET DST


The following was recently posted in sci.math:

In article <8n86ae$cvo$1@nnrp1.deja.com>, M. Blake <blakean@my-deja.com>
wrote:

> I picked up "Fuzzy Thinking: the New Science of Fuzzy Logic", and so
> far it's one of the most laughable and ridiculous things I've read in
> ages. It's little more than a diatribe against Western Philosophy and
> the fundamental basis of Logic. I don't have time to perform a
> thorough analysis of this rubbish in detail, but the flaws in his
> arguments are painfully obvious very early in the book. He talks about
> the "opposite" of a fraction being 1 minus the fraction, "hence"
> the "opposite" of 1/2 empty is 1/2 full. He thinks the fact a glass
> of water is both 1/2 empty and 1/2 full at the same time somehow proves
> the contradiction A = not A. He overlooks the obvious fact 1/2 full
> is "1/2 not empty", and not "not 1/2 empty".
>
> The bombast and irony leaps off the page at the reader. In one section
> header he advises you "Don't confuse science with scientists" and then
> goes on in the section to condemn modern science using arguments which
> apply only to scientists.
>
> Sadly and ironically, he attempts to promote Eastern Philosophy by
> negating Western Philosophy. He makes an analogy between those and
> multivalent logic vs. bivalent logic, and one can only conclude the
> basis of the Fuzzy Logic philosophy is to promote deliberate ignorance
> of the fact multivalent logic is built on and uses bivalent logic. No
> matter how many valences you use, each valence has parameters for which
> there is a bivalent value for whether those parameters are met. All
> this talk about contradictions is a fallacy, since the parameters for
> multivalent logic are arbitrary and can overlap.
>
> One of the most dubious quotes in the book, in its own context,
> was: "Fuzzy logic has added to science. It has extended the binary
> math that underlies science." I had to recheck the cover to verify I
> wasn't reading something by Rand.
>
> The author contradicts himself very often, and he seems fascinated by
> attempting to assert contradictions are valid. The anti-modern-science
> tone of the book is typical of pseudo-scientific postmodern
> charlatans. At least now we know where the pseudo-science-fiction
> authors on rec.arts.drwho have been getting their poorly thought out
> ideas from.
>
> M. Blake

How is Kosko viewed in the Fuzzy Community?

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