It seems that science, history, psychology, and even magic are based on the employment of inductive logic. Due to the one-way flow of time—from past to present to future—we can examine experiments, historical anecdotes, behavioral anecdotes, or arcane rituals to see whether or not they can be employed as useful tools, or at least draw a conclusion which can guide our efforts. To cut through the ambiguity/flavors/quirks behind all of these methods/approaches, I like to ask one question:
Is it effective or not?
I believe this takes all the formality, all the pomp and circumstance, all the navel-gazing, and all the woo-woo right out of it—allowing me to navigate all methods, all styles, and all forms of thinking in order to address any given context.
(The next question would be: “What’s the MOST effective?” And between these two questions, I think, arises the concept of strategy)