"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, June 28, 2010

Godwin's Law, Humor, and Fun

Speaking as someone who was raised by, and raised surrounded by, survivors of Nazi atrocities, I would request at least another couple of generations' extension on Godwin's law. I mean, I think it's OK by now to make jokes about the Spanish Inquisition or Atilla the Hun. Yellow badge jokes? Maybe someday, maybe, but not yet. So I don't think the "yellow badges for greenhouse denial" campaign reflects very positively on its participants.

This comment says: "Humor and fun are natural byproducts of curiosity and learning." Yeah, well human decency is a bit of a precursor to learning, don't you think?

As for "our friends on the other side of the argument always seem to be such sourpusses", well, yeah. Duh.

In my case this bit of "humor and fun" hasn't helped any.

2 comments:

PDA from Let's Get Small said...

Though it was a bit of self-pwn on their part, given who originated the "happy face badge' meme...

Rattus Norvegicus said...

Yes, but how do you feel about "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ayn Rand!". Hmm...

I thought this was pretty funny, but Watts' attempts at humor are rarely funny, and the current stupidity is not funny.