If I Had My Way
Date: Monday, December 01, 2010
Subject: Empower XIV - Paul Krugman
In his NYT blog, on December 01, 2010, Paul Krugman wrote:
I have to say, when I got into economics, I expected evidence to matter more than it does -- obviously telling people what they want to hear prevails more in the political arena than in academics, but even there the willingness to hang on to preferred narratives no matter the evidence is impressive.
Unfortunately, Dr. Krugman continues to cling to a fantasy -- the one dealing with the existence of "truth", as though there were some way of defining same.
The fact of the matter is that it is all about opinions -- opinions developed by human beings through the very, very human process of thinking. The evidence that Dr. Krugman refers to is somebody's opinion, and if there is a "truth" it is simply a measure of acceptance of a specific opinion.
The problem with the Krugman approach is the complete lack of effort to "sell" the Krugman opinion and the process behind it's derivation.
In short, Dr. Krugman, refuses to acknowledge that other people can have different opinions -- opinions that may even constitute the "truth" in their system of belief.
To be continued (I hope)
BTW, in hopes of exciting some discussion I am
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Thanks for your time,
Doug Skoglund - firstname.lastname@example.org