[e2e] was double blind, now reproduceable results

David P. Reed dpreed at reed.com
Wed May 19 08:41:52 PDT 2004

Jon - there are a large class of experimental results that can never be 
reproduced again (measurements of network at a point in time).

In psychology, the drive to make all results reproducible produced 
Behaviorism - the idea that everything could be reduced to a model that 
could be carried out in a lab.   The Ecological movement in psychology made 
the compelling point that the dominant set of real psychological phenomena 
cannot be reduced to lab conditions.

Systems research is an area much more like psychology than physics (and 
physics itself is a bit too reductionistic to be safe).

Science is not (much as some would wish) the formulaic application of some 
abstract thing called The Scientific Method.   Rules can only take you so 
far before you have to look at some principles underlying the rules, only 
to realize that the rules are getting in the way of being effective.

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