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  •  That would be nice. (1+ / 0-)
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    detroitmechworks

    Which is not to say I think we should stop trying to figure it out, or stop inventing and refining terminology to describe it; we just need to stop assuming rigidity where none exists.

    ... no pun intended.

    •  One activist in academia (0+ / 0-)

      She has a hard science background and likes to say "all models are false, some are useful". Our brains are not big enough to understand all of reality without using simplifying assumptions.

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 12:19:12 PM PDT

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      •  Huh. That's an excellent saying. (0+ / 0-)

        And it's worth pointing out that a model can be useful for some purposes and worse than useless for others.

        The "celestial sphere" model of astronomy is quite useful for describing the appearance of the stars and their apparent motion relative to the earth (and thus of practical use in matters like navigation), even though it's of no use at all in talking about (for instance) how distant various stars are from our sun.

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