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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: May 22 2007,20:54   

The Economist is still my favorite magazine, despite this nonsense.

   
snoeman



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(Permalink) Posted: May 23 2007,07:54   

Quote (stevestory @ May 22 2007,20:54)
The Economist is still my favorite magazine, despite this nonsense.

It's my favorite magazine, too.  However it's not the first time that they've missed the mark in this area.  In their April 19 issue, they had an article about "Evolution and Religion" with this passage:

 
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In the second camp are those, including some high up in the Vatican bureaucracy, who feel that Catholic scientists like Father Coyne have gone too far in accepting the world-view of their secular colleagues. This camp stresses that Darwinian science should not seduce people into believing that man evolved purely as the result of a process of random selection.


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(That link may require premium access to the Economist.)

I'm sure I'll get corrected by someone if I get this wrong, however: It's mutations that are random.  Selection is not random.

  
guthrie



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(Permalink) Posted: May 23 2007,08:13   

The economist has never been my favourite magazine, due to the way it mixes opinion with facts to promote specific views.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: May 23 2007,09:16   

Quote (guthrie @ May 23 2007,08:13)
The economist has never been my favourite magazine, due to the way it mixes opinion with facts to promote specific views.

Hey!  Where in the hell is the damn fold-out?  I wanted to take a closer look at Miss May's trend lines!

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"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank



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(Permalink) Posted: May 23 2007,18:05   

Quote (guthrie @ May 23 2007,08:13)
The economist has never been my favourite magazine, due to the way it mixes opinion with facts to promote specific views.

Well, that's all economics in general is, anyway.  

I once pissed off an entire room full of economists and students by pointing out that (1) economics isn't a science, and (2) economists are simply apologists for the existing social order.

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snoeman



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(Permalink) Posted: May 23 2007,23:26   

Quote ("Rev Dr" Lenny Flank @ May 23 2007,18:05)
 
Quote (guthrie @ May 23 2007,08:13)
The economist has never been my favourite magazine, due to the way it mixes opinion with facts to promote specific views.

Well, that's all economics in general is, anyway.  

I once pissed off an entire room full of economists and students by pointing out that (1) economics isn't a science, and (2) economists are simply apologists for the existing social order.

;)

Once, I read: "Fact: If you took all of the economists in the world today, and laid them end to end, that wouldn't be a bad thing."  :)

  
J. G. Cox



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(Permalink) Posted: May 24 2007,13:31   

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economics isn't a science

Ah, but it's becoming one. A growing set of economists are actually doing experiments to test their theory, at least the microeconomic stuff. The guy who spearheaded this change, Vernon Smith, got the Nobel for his work in experimental economics in 2002.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: May 24 2007,18:22   

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economics isn't a science

Ah, but it's becoming one. A growing set of economists are actually doing experiments to test their theory, at least the microeconomic stuff.

I thought CEO's have been doing that for decades now . . . . ?

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BWE



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(Permalink) Posted: May 27 2007,02:59   

Quote (stevestory @ May 22 2007,20:54)
The Economist is still my favorite magazine, despite this nonsense.

I've subscribed for several years. Two xmases ago I got a gift subscription to Harpers and they own the new top spot.

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BWE



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(Permalink) Posted: May 27 2007,03:01   

Quote ("Rev Dr" Lenny Flank @ May 23 2007,18:05)
Quote (guthrie @ May 23 2007,08:13)
The economist has never been my favourite magazine, due to the way it mixes opinion with facts to promote specific views.

Well, that's all economics in general is, anyway.  

I once pissed off an entire room full of economists and students by pointing out that (1) economics isn't a science, and (2) economists are simply apologists for the existing social order.

;)

Why were they mad?

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(Permalink) Posted: May 27 2007,08:01   

Quote (BWE @ May 27 2007,03:01)
I once pissed off an entire room full of economists and students by pointing out that (1) economics isn't a science, and (2) economists are simply apologists for the existing social order.

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Why were they mad?

Because they like to maintain the pretense that they are "objective scientists" instead of . . . well . . . apologists for the existing social order.

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