Beware the Limits of Reductionism

There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies. – Shakespeare I said before that generalization, patterns, and abstraction are powerful ideas, but they have their limits. It is useful to reduce a thing to its core principles, but beware! Taking reductionism too far you can lose theContinue reading “Beware the Limits of Reductionism”

Generalization, Patterns, and Abstraction

εν αρχη ην ο λογος – John 1:1 Our world behaves in consistent, predictable ways. If it were not so, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, philosophy, economics, engineering, medicine, and countless other disciplines would simply not work. Every discipline studies a range of specific phenomena and aims to distill the detailed observations into general principles orContinue reading “Generalization, Patterns, and Abstraction”

On Failing Successfully

Inspired by an episode of the “Ockham’s Razor” podcast: “I want to argue that failure doesn’t get the credit it deserves. If you want to understand success, you must appreciate the ubiquity of failure, and if you’re not regularly failing, you’re not trying hard enough.” -Mark Dodgson http://www.abc.net.au/rn/ockhamsrazor/stories/2008/2252771.htm “As our business grows, it becomes increasinglyContinue reading “On Failing Successfully”