Is there an adjective or a noun for something hindering understanding or further development by providing an easy workaround or a parametrisation (i.e. practical in a zeroth order but unable to provide a consistent description). I want to apply it to the alpha-viscosity theory.
The things like "swindle, fraud, cheat or trick" do not capture the fact that the simplicity of it made it so appealing as to discard a search for other options. An expression like "paved track" does not have a negative shading. Does "a pill" or "a panacea" express that?
Thanks in advance.