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Chestertons Fence

  • Named after [[chesterton]].
  • [[go]] https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Chesterton's_Fence
    • [[quote]] In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, β€œI don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: β€œIf you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it. 1)
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