October 27, 2020

Design is about asking meta-rational questions

In poorly-understood domains, science requires a meta-rational approach to induction: in this situation, what method will give a meaningful answer? Can we apply statistics here at all? Why or why not? If we can, what specific method would give a meaningful answer, and what do we need to do to assure that it does? — David Chapman, Statistics and the replication crisis

I put it to you, reader, that any time we invoke a design approach”, we are operating in a poorly understood domain and need to start with meta-rational questions.


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