Unfortunately, much research tries to emulate style of math or physics.
Often cited obstacles to progress include lack of:

  1. precise formulations of real problems;
  2. realistic metrics for adequacy of solutions.
But these are pseudo-problems, arising from misguided reductionism.

Extreme reductionism is harmful, raising expectations that cannot be met:
  fueling disappointment, and cycles of hope & fear.

But semi-formal methods integrating social process can work.

Extreme relativism, that all human values equally valid, is also harmful.

But denying absolutism & relativism solves no real problems.

Instead, designers should live in groundless semiotic world of social reality:

Social reality is groundless due to its total interconnectivity.
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