"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?"

Friday, January 1, 2010

Skeptical Lobsters

The lobster goes on to evaluate emails stolen from an astronomy lab.

Thanks and a tip of the ol' Python-bedecked hat to Anna Ravenscroft.

Update: Another fine story about scientific "skepticism", this one taxonomic:
“I also am a skeptic,” said the second, “but evidently of a more refined sort, for I demand a much higher standard of evidence than you do. I see no irrefutable evidence to back up your assertion that this object before us is even a bird, let alone positively identifying it as a duck.” The journalist raised his eyebrow sagely.

“But what of the feathers?” the first scientist demanded. “Surely you must have noticed the feathers, which are the veritable hallmark, so to speak, of a bird.”

“I have seen nearly identical feathers on a feather duster,” the second replied.
You can guess the journalist's response before reading the rest of the story.


dhogaza said...

Why does your skeptical lobster look just like a crab?

treelobsters said...

It's complicated.

Michael Tobis said...


I see it now.

- DOG?