Another perspective on the same events; I invited reality to kick me in the teeth, and reality obliged.
"Notably, La Wik has only the vaguest idea what it is"
Nope, sorry. I still think it's misleading. I still think it needs to tone the abstraction level down about two thirds. I still think it is anemic and waffling. I think it has other flaws. However, none of this is ignorance, just stylistic flaws, and frankly par for the course on Wikipedia.
"I can't even find a Stanford Encyclopedia entry."
Oh hey, look at that. I particularly remember Aretae using the term, though it also came up before and after.
I also used the concept, if not the label. I'm not sure if that overall reflects well or badly on me.
In fact, reality is so obliging about teeth-kicking I find that being incautious about my pronouncements is a fast and easy way to learn, though requiring a metaphorical chin guard.
"These muddled notions played an important historical role in the development of later evolutionary theory, error calling forth correction; like the folly of English kings provoking into existence the Magna Carta and constitutional democracy."I don't think the process is supposed to work without intentional human intervention, but it seems to work for me.
I often write to find out how I really think. Sometimes it is pretty surprising. Sometimes, reality is pretty surprised, and has a habit of letting me know.