What is reification?
This is when ugliness of reality is eschewed in favor of a beautiful model. The model, created by great credentialed brains, is a jewel, an object of adoration so lovely that flaws noted by outsiders are seen as gratuitous insults. The model is such an intellectual achievement that reality, which comes free, is felt an intrusion; the third wheel in the torrid love affair between modeler and model.
– William M. Brigs