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Re: human versus spectral resolution

A good theory is never wrong, it only has a limited context in which it
is valid. 
Newton was not violated by Einstein, we still use the laws of Newton,
but in a limited context.
Heisenberg is not violated by humans. Humans use a priori knowledge
which is outside the scope of physics.
Erik is right, we can build a machine that outperforms human observers
using the same a priori knowledge.

John Beerends

-----Original Message-----
From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception
[mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Richard F. Lyon
Sent: donderdag 3 april 2008 6:02
To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: human versus spectral resolution

At 9:24 PM -0400 4/2/08, Erik Larsen wrote:
>if you don't set constraints on digital analysis, it can always 
>outperform a human on any task (assuming you can come up with a smart 
>enough algorithm). And a human shouldn't be able to do better than 
>theory predicts - unless the theory is wrong...

But the theory is often wrong, so it's a useful question to ask.

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