@Pinboard: This morning @zeynep asked why Japan and India did not look like Lombardy or NYC. I made a list of the explanations people offered, juxtaposed against a list of reasons experts gave in 1910 to explain the prevalence of scurvy on prolonged polar voyages https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/1258548813888811008 https://pic.twitter.com/o4dyBQLvQO
@Pinboard: For those who forgot their schooling, scurvy is a vitamin deficiency disease due to lack of ascorbic acid in the diet. It is fully curable with a small quantity of almost any fresh food. The disease manifests in extraordinarily complex ways that betray its simple etiology.
@Pinboard: My point is twofold. First, don't neglect your vitamin C! Second, if your explanation for something is a complex quilt of reasons, and those explanations don't give you predictive power, then you don't understand what you're explaining. Recognize the early symptoms of ignorance.
@Pinboard: I wrote a long essay on how the cure for scurvy was lost and found without anyone noticing, which I will promote again because it bears directly on the topic of fooling ourselves about what we know, and having high confidence in inadequate explanations https://idlewords.com/2010/03/scott_and_scurvy.htm
@Pinboard: I understand that the Solar System is a complex place, a chaotic dynamical system that can't be reduced to simplistic laws just to satisfy a human desire for order. The epicycles in the model reflect the complexity inherent in Nature. Any attempt to simplify is anthropic fallacy. https://pic.twitter.com/qa4ceF4P3u
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