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In the version of this page previous to December 14, 1999, this sentence read: "But, if the concepts at the very base of these practices are not reliable, then no matter how it is built upon, the practice is unreliable." This is, of course, incorrect. It is entirely possible to be correct for the wrong reason.

If someone says they rely on #2 pencils for writing memos to their boss and do not use #4 lead pencils because four is bad mojo and two is good mojo, they might be right in using a #2 pencil but for the wrong reason.

Number four lead is a hard lead and its trail is difficult to see. If this person evaluates the goodness of mojo experientially, their memos were undoubedly ignored when written with a #4 pencil and acted on, in some manner, when written with a #2 pencil. The reality is, I'd argue, that the boss couldn't read the former but could read the latter, no mojo involved.

Thus, right write for the wrong rite.