Philosophers have debated Hume’s problem of induction ever since he posed it …

— From The Master Algorithm – How the Quest for the ultimate learning machine will remake our world by Pedro Domingos P. 61

Bertrand Russell liked to illustrate the problem with the story of the inductive turkey. On his first morning at the farm, the turkey was fed at 9:00 a.m., but being a good inductivist, he didn’t jump to conclusions. He first collected many observations. Having been fed consistently at 9:00 a.m. for many consecutive days, he finally concluded that yes, he would always be fed at 9:00 a.m. Then came the morning of Christmas eve, and his throat was cut.”

Funny! Reminds me of this other one about the chicken.

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