(#29) The Delights and Dangers of Abstraction

“We must be careful not to confuse data with the abstractions we use to analyse them.”

— William James (American philosopher)

Abstraction is a human superpower. It’s thinking, sideways. The process that enables us to condense complex, multipart objects into simpler blueprints. With abstraction, we can automate the boring stuff under the push of a button. But…