The Limits of Practical Hierarchies

“All models are wrong, some models are useful” – an aphorism for scientists; generally attributed to statistician George Box, though the idea predates his popularization of the phrase.

Thus, the postulation that the preferences of contemporary practitioners of Chinese Tea Ceremony arose from the originating Tang Dynasty culture has been shown through the previous section of this chapter. The application of the culturally determinate hierarchies we apply to our praxis today are inescapable antecedents from the culture that gave birth to the same.