People continue to ask me questions regarding modeling and simulation, and I continue to give them the same answer, "It depends!" which they seem very less than satisfied with. Because of the nature of the questions, this often seems to be the answer most appropriate. So, in this context I thought I would ramble on a bit about the nature of "It Depends!" and why it is so often the most appropriate answer.
I have used this answer so often in a couple of working environments that it has become a standing point of humor. It has gotten to the point where people will come to me, ask a question, catch themself, laugh, and say, "It depends, doesn't it?" Then they go away and think about it for a while. It has actually become a basis for learning!
I find it most amazing how we so often get to meaningful places via quite unpredictable paths. Sometimes it's almost a mystical emergence!
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