June 13, 2020

There is a trade-off between epistemic rigor and producing useful stuff quickly

It may not always be feasible or cost effective to rigorously validate frameworks, but they may still be useful to people. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.

And since models are always a simplification, it’s hard to know what it means for it to be wrong’ (Crystalizing-patterns-is-probably-useful-overall).

However, #memes are powerful, so you should have some caution in what you put out there, because it could catch on and become the dominant way people think about the phenomenon. This is a good thing if your framework is well design, but could be bad if it overlooks some important detail or is otherwise a misleading representation. See Policies that aren’t thought through can end up hurting the people they are trying to help

Updated Jul, 03 2020