Friday, 22 May 2015


More from Paul Romer on science and mathiness.
As part of this process of defending science, exclusion by shunning, plays an essential role.
This description of the reputational equilibrium in science shows that it is inherently unstable in the face of entry by people with the norms of politics. If a small group of people with the norms of politics can establish themselves inside a science, they can destroy the equilibrium that sustains trust and communication.
and, very pessimistically:

If I am right, that there are many economists whose judgment we should not trust and who collude with each other, how do we identify the people we can trust to make a judgment about who is trustworthy?
Governments right now are throwing money at science. Professor Romer's arguments suggest a problem with this. Oops, should I be saying that?

Grimly hilarious reading about the humanities (see earlier)
The Harvard report even admits that today, the humanities “serve only the critical function of unmasking the operations of power in language largely impenetrable to a wider public...”