... But Discretion Were the Better Part of Valor
If there is anything to be learned from Kuhn’s (1962) trenchant analyses of science—or from the less exciting but more fruitful reflections of Campbell’s “evolutionary epistemology” (e.g., 1977)—it is that science, even at its best, is mostly a series of noble mistakes. Theories and explanations are propounded, used, and ultimately discarded as the knowledge they generate inevitably reveals their fundamental shortcomings (Agnew, 1977). Consequently, it is difficult to dismiss Professor Madsen’s Hypotheses Quotient (HQ) out of hand as fundamentally misguided; rather, it represents a genuinely noble quest for a metric that would allow fruitful comparison of theories to yield, one would hope, immense benefits in terms of the allocations of money, time, and intellect: a quest that is rarely undertaken, and that needs—despite Feyerabend (1970)—all the support it can get.
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