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… is alive and well, according to economist Tim Harford.  It’s the idea that problems can be reduced to the kind of manageability that can be addressed by a single series of solutions – all within the province of a particular discipline. Far more effective, standing the test of time, and far more prolific in everyday life, is the humble trial and error approach.

As a bumbling, manufacturer’s manual avoiding,  “let’s see if this works”, negotiator of 21st century challenges, both technical and social, I am encouraged by what he says.

Here’s his talk: Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex | Video on TED.com.