What sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination? Ashcans and unobtainable dollars! Children screaming under the stairways! Boys sobbing in armies!
Support Aeon Donate now Since the financial crisis, colleges and universities have faced increased pressure to identify essential disciplines, and cut the rest.
InWashington State University announced it would eliminate the department of theatre and dance, the department of community and rural sociology, and the German major — the same year that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette ended its philosophy major.
InEmory University in Atlanta did away with the visual arts department and its journalism programme. Unlike engineers and chemists, economists cannot point to concrete objects — cell phones, plastic — to justify the high valuation of their discipline.
Nor, in the case of financial economics and macroeconomics, can they point to the predictive power of their theories. Hedge funds employ cutting-edge economists who command princely fees, but routinely underperform index funds. Ina fund that boasted two Nobel Laureates as advisors collapsed, nearly causing a global financial crisis.
The failure of the field to predict the crisis has also been well-documented. Short-term predictions fair little better — in Aprilfor instance, a survey of 67 economists yielded per cent consensus: What is the basis of this collective faith, shared by universities, presidents and billionaires?
In the hypothetical worlds of rational markets, where much of economic theory is set, perhaps. But real-world history tells a different story, of mathematical models masquerading as science and a public eager to buy them, mistaking elegant equations for empirical accuracy.
To understand why titans of finance would consult Adams about the market, it is essential to recall that astrology used to be a technical discipline, requiring reams of astronomical data and mastery of specialised mathematical formulas.
For centuries, mapping stars was the job of mathematicians, a job motivated and funded by the widespread belief that star-maps were good guides to earthly affairs.
The best astrology required the best astronomy, and the best astronomy was done by mathematicians — exactly the kind of person whose authority might appeal to bankers and financiers.
In fact, when Adams was arrested in for violating a New York law against astrology, it was mathematics that eventually exonerated her. The judge was impressed: It is this enchanting force that explains the enduring popularity of financial astrology, even today.
Romer believes that macroeconomics, plagued by mathiness, is failing to progress as a true science should, and compares debates among economists to those between 16th-century advocates of heliocentrism and geocentrism.
Mathematics, he acknowledges, can help economists to clarify their thinking and reasoning. But the ubiquity of mathematical theory in economics also has serious downsides: Worst of all, it imbues economic theory with unearned empirical authority.
The burden of proof is on them. The success of math-heavy disciplines such as physics and chemistry has granted mathematical formulas with decisive authoritative force.
Lord Kelvin, the 19th-century mathematical physicist, expressed this quantitative obsession: When you can measure what you are speaking about and express it in numbers you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it… in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.
When the presumptions or conclusions of a scientific theory are absurd or simply false, the theory ought to be questioned and, eventually, rejected.Quotes, quotations, and sayings on materialism from living life fully.
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If you are American, SSC endorses voting in this presidential election. Andrew Gelman, Nate Silver, and Aaron Edlin calculate the chance that a single vote will determine the election (ie break a tie in a state that breaks an Electoral College tie).
It ranges from about one in ten million (if you live in a swing state) to one in a billion (if you live in a very safe state). October 3, STRAIGHT STUFF In this issue we introduce Griff Ruby, author of The Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church as a regular contributor to The Daily Catholic with his inaugural column in a series he has chosen to call "STRAIGHT STUFF." The Church has given us the perfect role models to seek purity in all ways.
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