Today's post, Failure By Analogy was originally published on 18 November 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


It's very tempting to reason that your invention X will do Y, because it is similar to thing Z, which also does Y. But reality very often ignores this justification for why your new invention will work.

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