Alchemy was a pseudo-science that was attractive to many because if it worked, it would be easy to become wealthy. Imagine being able to turn a common metal into gold. Some modern aspects of Quality science are, quite simply alchemy. They sound really cool. They promise to make our jobs easier and simpler. Most utilize mathematical formulas so they appear to be sound. They reference theories most of us have heard of and think we understand. Most also appeal to our human desire to have a yes or no answer. If only they actually worked.
Kida, Thomas, “Don’t Believe Everything You Think, Prometheus Books, 2006
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Statistical Alchemy 2016-01-20
Discussion of some popular methods that have ruined the quality profession