Friday, March 23, 2012

Avoid taking a path that makes everything look looks a nail

It looks like it was Abraham Maslow who went on record saying:

if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail

How apt given the way his (very clever at the time) hierarchy of needs has been so readily accepted and used as the foremost motivation theory by many, many people.

Note to self: read more on this. I get a sense that the term "Maslow's hammer" and some of his later writing might show a sense of embarrassment.

I won't go into my own examples yet, but I see examples of "method myopia" everywhere, but especially in academia.

Only human I suppose. But it is why the very best of the academics work across dozens of methods.

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