Are we in an era of IQ without purpose? Science used to be hypothesis driven, now it is often driven by the bizarrely mindless juxtaposition of technology and finance.......
How well do we predict the weather? We dump tons of money into modeling complex systems, and we are mightily impressed with all the math floating around, but we still don't predict weather well.
So to does it appear to be for the field of biomechanics. We are constantly in pursuit of more modeling, (more diagnostics, more drugs, more stalling, more metal shoes, more of the same).
Yet, we don't seem to be able to question the input premises, or ethical scientific intent, behind our questions and actions. What is it that we are actually studying or creating versus what we think we are studying versus creating?
(That brings to mind two other fun quotes from Mr. Einstein: " Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ...and ... "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.")
As an example, are we studying the biomechanics of "lab," "handling," suboptimal lifestyle, unnatural hoof form, burst activity from underdeveloped physical systems or are we studying the biomechanics of animals in real time, over time and space, for the betterment of all species?
The weather tells us whether the modeling was accurate, or had value. Intensive imaging of the body, and correlation with wellness, would tell us what value our lab notions of biomechanics have.
We must create the over-reaching goal of wellness in real life, and the funding of long term analyses in relation to our short term decision making, to add value or meaning to our higher scholastic pursuits.
That is what distinguishes technology and finance from the art of science. So yes! let's do that modeling but let's also make it count!
... More data! Reach out and let's build a better world.