Re: Opinions on Kosko?

Will Dwinnell (76743.1740@CompuServe.COM)
Fri, 7 Jun 1996 11:11:30 +0200

"I'm relatively new to this topic, and as an introduction I'm
reading Bart
Kosko's "Fuzzy Thinking".

Kosko has some bitter things to say about the scientific
establishment and
its resistance to fuzzy theory, as well as some far-reaching
claims about
fuzziness and its role in the scheme of the universe.

I'm wondering how he is regarded (if at all) by people in these
Brilliant maverick, pioneer, loose cannon, crackpot? How much
credit (if
any) does he have for the growing interest in fuzzy theory in
the West?"

While some of Kosko's criticism (and he's not alone) is fair, I
personally think he (and the others) take this whole thing too
far (and too personally), especially the "east vs. west" issue.
In logic and statistical circles the reaction has been mixeed,
with some negative response to fuzzy logic being simply
ill-founded and emotional. However, fuzzy logic is in fairly
wide use in "the west". Let's not forget that fuzzy logic was
invented here!

Will Dwinnell
Commercial Intelligence Inc.