Idols of the Schema: Ignoring Data While Overvaluing Ideas

The ‘idols of the schema’ is a geepaw-ism, and deserves some background & explanation. When we value the simplicity & clarity of an idea over the complexity & muddiness of its referent, we’re caught in an idol of the schema. Sir Francis Bacon was an english noble, a famous lawyer, and author of the Novum Organum, one of the seminal texts of empirical method. He wrote among many other things, of the ‘idola mentis’: idols of the mind, and offered …

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