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#1 Sneakeater

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:55 PM

I think this piece by Eric Asimov is altogether great.

 

You can all tell me why it isn't.


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#2 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:59 PM

I call it the "My kids could paint that" argument

 

Its just as dumb.


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:49 PM

I like it, Sneak.



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Posted 16 July 2018 - 10:37 PM

Oh, THAT Asimov. I was wondering what the connection was between a dead science fiction writer and alcoholic beverages.



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Posted 17 July 2018 - 12:18 AM

It looks like the data analysis for the Vox "study" he cites was done by a Labradoodle (and not a particularly smart one).


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#6 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 12:27 AM

The freakanomics stuff as a general rule is good copy and garbage analysis.

"This is a battle of who blinks first, and we've cut off our eyelids"


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Posted 17 July 2018 - 12:48 AM

A good perspective can be had by choosing some other topic - say municipal administrative policies. I'm going to bet you a bottle of Chateau Penfold Mondavi that ratings on MuniPolitico - a crowd sourced site for policy enthusiasts - are going to be substantially correlated with those of experts, while the public at large is going to prefer poor policies and be encouraged to think that their children can make better policy than AB's, and of course better than public policy makers.


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#8 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 01:22 AM

If my children made policy it be "pink cars and soccer balls for everyone" which I mean has a certain Keynesian logic to it if we're honest.

"This is a battle of who blinks first, and we've cut off our eyelids"