By chance I stumbled upon excellent post on “Cargo Cult System Administration”. I remember this cargo cult story which was mentioned in the fascinating book “The God Delusion” which one of my friends recommended to me quite a while ago. Apart from provoking title (for Russian translation it sounds more like “God as Illusion”) this book touches on interesting things starting from famous Russel’s teapot, to this cargo cult example. Unfortunately I have not managed to read this book yet and it is still on my reading list, but it definitely worth giving it a read I believe.
But post I mentioned in the very beginning draws unexpected parallel between cargo cult and systems administration/support. This one definitely must read if you working in this field – very important stuff.