Thursday, February 27, 2014

David Glasner — Methodological Arrogance

Longish but thoroughly enjoyable. "Methodological arrogance." I love it.

No, the debate over economic method is not over in spite of how loudly the mainstream screams it is.

Uneasy Money
Methodological Arrogance
David Glasner


Ryan Harris said...

Luckily science has all the answers, coal and it's high sulfur content saved us from global climate catastrophe. If only economists had these sort of tools to use to look at these types of arbitrarily measured non-randomized historical data... oh wait, they do.

Anonymous said...

Shakespeare's take:

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

So, we end up, one third of the way in along one trailing arm of the Milky way, on a little planet - play acting? Why don't we start with that ....?

Too simple a notion?

Now if an actor blurs the distinction between himself and the role he is playing, he is in trouble. If he has no idea who he is outside of the role he is in even deeper trouble. Especially when he is writing his own script. Not THE SCRIPT mind; just his own little script. Getting more and more complicated a plot.

If a being has no idea what it is, then how can it be itself?

Imagine a dog, running around miaowing like a cat or whistling like a bird: - we just make it up as we go along according to desire and concepts. We would laugh at the poor dog ...!

That's methodological to me ....