Sapiens Lacuna (wise words from Arnold Kling)

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.


The hard questions

were posed recently. I still don’t have easy answers.


About Bill Nichols

PhD in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University I'm a software team coach and instructor with the TSP Team at the Software Engineering Institute
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