"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?"

Thursday, September 10, 2009

BS detection resources

I just want to point out that H E Taylor has a remarkable list of resources about the BS detection problem that I discussed recently.

In particular he points us to this book:

The Borderlands of Science:
Where Sense meets nonsense


Michael Shermer
Oxford University Press 2001
ISBN: 019-514326-4

From Shermer's own website:
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University.

4 comments:

Marion Delgado said...

Penn Jillette's devotion to Shermer's brand of Randite cultism didn't keep him from becoming a climate denialist - it pushed him in that direction.

Who does more harm in the world? Believers in pyramid power, or believers in Invisible Hands?

Arthur said...

Shermer was a global warming skeptic himself for quite some time - until just a few years ago, if I recall correctly.

Anna Haynes said...

> "Shermer was a global warming skeptic himself...until just a few years ago"

2006.

Shermer publicly recanted right before holding "an international conference on the science and politics of the environment at Caltech June 2 to 4, 2006" - www.environmentalwars.org
- featuring John Stossel and Michael Crichton as special guests.

(I was curious and poked around a bit - and found the Skeptic Society's 2006 tax return is missing from Guidestar, which seemed odd; but the IRS says it _was_ filed.)

Anna Haynes said...

...and Shermer is on the Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors of the American Council on Science and Health.