I hope that we all agree that in major, critical, domains, such as
medicine or nuclear power generation a good strategy for creating
useful models is to seek to find out what the underlying reality is like.
At 09:18 AM 6/13/2007, Kathryn Blackmond Laskey wrote:
>A briefer quote from George Box: "All models are wrong, but some are useful."
>At 9:38 AM -0500 6/13/07, John F. Sowa wrote:
> >That is certainly true:
> >>[KL] For the record, "logically correct solution that yields
> >>mathematically precise answers" does not equate with "good." A
> >>logically correct, mathematically precise answer can be AWFUL if it
> >>is answers the wrong question. An imprecise answer from a system
> >>riddled with inconsistency can be WONDERFUL if it is a close enough
> >>approximation to the answer to the right question.
> >A comment that has been attributed to Lord Kelvin:
> > Better a rough answer to the right question
> > than an exact answer to the wrong question.
> >John Sowa
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