There is a popular illusion that confronting a computer with one’s ideas enforces rigor and discipline, thereby encouraging the researcher to reject or clarify fuzzy ideas. In the very narrow sense that the human must behave exactly like a machine in order to communicate with it this is true. But in a more useful sense, the effect is the opposite; it is all too easy to become immersed in the trivial details of working with a problem on the computer, rather than think through it rationally. The effort of making the computer understand is then mistaken for intellectual activity and creative problem solving.
Douglass B. Lee, Jr., “Requiem for Large Scale Models“
Journal of the American Institute of Planners
May 1973, Vol. 38, No. 3 (emphasis added)
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