To make “Mimesis Land” work at all, I’d posit that there is some amount of experimentation of techniques and beliefs happening at all times.
It feels like this gives Mimesis Land too much of an edge. They get to experiment with their practices AND pass on the best ones, while First Principles land just has to act on their best guess given the evidence they have at the time.
I think to make it a more fair comparison, neither can have access to “Experimentation Land”, the only change in Mimesis land comes from accidents and misunderstandings when passing down beliefs and practices, whereas the only change in First Principles land comes from happenstance direct observations
Interesting point. This leaves open the question of where Mimesis land gets its ideas in the first place.