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Comment author: pnrjulius 05 May 2012 09:54:11PM 2 points [-]

The key, it seems to me, is to learn when to lump and when to split.

Sometimes generality is exactly what we need; other times precision and specificity are required. How we know which is which is a problem that I think is difficult, but not insoluble.

Comment author: Nikario 23 December 2014 01:59:01PM 0 points [-]

Exactly. Many people seem angry because lumpers lump when they should split. And in those cases I am angry as well. But one could write the complementary article complaining about spliters splitting when they should lump. I am also angry in those cases. Daniel Dennett makes a good point about this in his article "Real Patterns".