By contrast, the current subway map design doesn't give an immediate way to communicate something like the above visually, and it's not directly amenable to that sort of alteration, just because the visual spacing of the lines doesn't let you draw 3 lines for the IRT or 4 lines for the BMT.
Probably the MTA people could have come up with a solution, but it's not a bad thing that they reached for the solution they already had, especially given how iconic it has become!
I think this is different because it is observable. I can introspect and say:
I read "The Great A.I. Awakening" in the NYT Magazine and thought it broadly constituted misinformation with respect to the mechanics and the significance of deep learning
I accept pieces I read in the NYT Magazine that cover areas where I have no special familiarity as being generally true
But this makes no sense unless I think the NYT Magazine is somehow especially bad at specifically at those things with which I'm familiar.
Or alternatively I think of the Gell-Mann amnesia thing more as an argument than an observation – namely that if you find the quality of pieces where you can independently verify said quality to be low, then you should not assume that pieces where you can't independently verify the quality generally have higher quality.
Probably I was replying more to Sneakeater's point on the Death Pool thread, since it seemed like you were trying to consolidate discussion here and stop a bunch of other threads from getting derailed.
To that point, I think there is a relationship between there being more chefs now and our having less to talk about, but I don't think it's the case that mid-level restaurants have gotten worse because there are more chefs. It's just that there are fewer novel points of discussion, given the saturation of the market.