Philosophy Shit

Mike the Mad Biologist

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I’ve long held that tenured professors who espouse ‘free trade’ or ‘free markets’ should have their tenure revoked–let’s see how their tune changes (and I do include Krugman in this*). Ditto pundits with cushy sinecures. Let’s put them in a world where they could show up at 9am and be told to pack their things…

When Economists Misunderstand Biology

It really does matter: if economists are going to use biology as a model for their discipline, we need them to understand ours, to help improve theirs. But I’m getting ahead of myself. By way of Brad DeLong, we stumble across this Russ Roberts piece discussing the question of what kind of science (if any)…

A while ago, I discussed the limits of the deductive approach in economics (and, for that matter, in anything). Basically, one can be really clever and derive how the world could or should work. This might or might not have anything to do with how the world actually works. Robert Waldmann takes Matthew Yglesias to…

I’ve decided to take a break from hate-mongering. Instead, I want to discuss two interesting posts about the state of economics by Brad DeLong and Tim Duy. Before I get to them, for those who wonder why I discuss this stuff, I find it fascinating that such an important discipline has had such little attention…

I’ve been meaning to follow up on some more thoughts about Unscientific America. I suppose what bothers me about the book is that there is no distinction between positive statements–the way things are or will be–and normative statements–the way things ought to be. As an example, consider yesterday’s post about type I diabetes. When someone…