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Re^2: Best practice or cargo cult?

by Anonymous Monk
on Jun 21, 2006 at 18:04 UTC ( #556742=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Best practice or cargo cult?
in thread Best practice or cargo cult?

real cargo cults are doing something that worked before, even though it is no longer effective

It's not quite even that. Cargo cults aren't just doing what worked before; they're a combination of a valid scientific methodology, and a belief system ("voodoo") which essentially suggests that function follows form, and not vice versa.

Once you believe in voodo, and discount reality to maintain your beliefs, cargo cults make a twisted kind of sense. Then again, once you're willing to discount reality, just about any religion or crazy belief system can make a twisted kind of sense, or at least redefined "sense" until it fits. :-)

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