Beware of shorthand
|Maxims and arrows|
So we are drawn to signs that stand for more complicated underlying realities. The laws of physics are such a simplification. They don’t lie, so much as operate as a simple heuristic. We rely on Newton’s work to save us the bother of going through that inductive discovery every day.
We do this in all walks of life. We rate, we grade, we categorise, we risk-manage by reference to a simplified narrative structure. But we must understand the complicated workings, and assumptions, and tolerances, of our models.