"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Monday, April 30, 2007

The Solar Herring

Nice article on the "other planets warming too" noise on Bad Astronomy.

Terrifyingly ignorant commentary on Digg, lest you get too complacent about what people are really thinking. Admittedly members of this chorus are almost certainly young male American technophiles, but that is an influential demographic.

2 comments:

Fermi Paradox said...

It looks like most commenters did not read the article at all but just the headline.

There seems to be a similar trend towards skepticism on AGW on reddit which has a similar demographic, with lots of programmers (like me). I regularly post articles there, but they very often get downvoted.

You would think that geeks would think more rationally, but no...

N. Johnson said...

> You would think that geeks would think more rationally, but no...

I was going to say the same thing. Does this mean I should try to be less geeky? Or is the percentage of irrational people constant with level of geekyness?