[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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