"This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that it means?"
"I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts...."
Ever read a scholarly argument passionately demonstrating how the data are not, in fact, in conflict with the theory, despite appearances?
But... what do we then do with this?ReplyDelete
I see you've identified my title's allusion to Lambdin's famous saying.ReplyDelete
The challenge in our field(s) is walking that line between having enough data to make a judgment and never having all the data.
The problem that is more common, IMO, is that all too often the theory, not the data, is in the driver's seat. Cart before horse and all that.
"walking that line between having enough data to make a judgment and never having all the data." --good line, Doug!ReplyDelete