from Arnold Kling The methodology flawed
My father always said that there were three iron laws of social science.
1. Sometimes it’s this way, and sometimes it’s that way.
2. The data are insufficient.
3. The methodology is flawed.
On politically sensitive topics, the tendency is to apply (3) to the other guy’s methodology, never to your own.
Replace “social science” with software engineering and it’s not far off the mark.
were posed recently. I still don’t have easy answers.