The Science of Journalism
If I Had My Way
To: Paul Krugman - firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Doug Skoglund - email@example.com
Date: 17 Feb 2014 00:00 am CST
Subject: 2014005 - Internet Seminars...
Dr. Krugman: I have no way of knowing if this gets to you without some kind of acknowledgement -- please respond.
I am extremely sympathetic with your concern about the problem of abstruseness; however, there is a relatively "simple" solution, if one really wants to solve the problem, once and for all. The solution is "simple" to describe -- individual motivation is an entirely different matter.
I read the Kristof piece and I read the rebuttal and I am glad to read your opinion, because I have an opinion also -- the answer lies in an understanding of the full nature of The Scientific Process that I believe needs a lot more discussion.
While not well defined the Process must be results oriented -- the mathematical modeling means absolutely nothing if it never gets to the policy makers. Obviously, you know that and are working the problem -- the wrong problem in the wrong way -- sorry, Doc.
You are attempting to get additional opinions into your writing; however, that is a mistake, since maximum learning comes from the process of massaging various viewpoints -- and your opinion about somebody else's opinion is still just you opinion.
You need to get people talking to each other -- an Internet Seminar. Allow me to quote (emphasis mine):
Take real business cycle theory -- I know it's a horse I beat a lot, but it's not dead, and it's a prime example within economics of what I have in mind. I still want to spend at least some time explaining that theory to my undergrads, so I've been looking for a simple, intuitive explanation by an RBC theorist of what's going on. And I haven't been able to find one!
Sorry, that was rather long; however, great for starters. You will never be able to simplify the process by yourself -- that, of course is the ultimate purpose of The Scientific Process -- a collaborative effort to perform the steps necessary to yield results.
Obviously, the Kristof -- unknown scientist -- Krugman posts can be linked together; however, we need a better system. A system that we can discuss further, if you wish??
Thanks for your time,
Doug Skoglund firstname.lastname@example.org
To be continued (I hope)
I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention)
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