Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

More on Evidence: The Importance of “Surprising Validators”

July 5th, 2014

As an add-on to yesterday’s meditation on empirical evidence, a commenter points me to this interesting piece on how our political or religious convictions can trump our knowledge. “…more people know what scientists think about high-profile scientific controversies than polls suggest; they just aren’t willing to endorse the consensus when it contradicts their political or… Read more

Evidence: Is It Really Overrated?

July 4th, 2014

A few weeks ago, during the evidentiary dustup between Piketty and the FT, I quasi-favorably quoted a Matt Yglesias line re empirical evidence being overrated.  A number of readers were understandably unhappy with that assertion, arguing that they come here to OTE for fact-based analysis based on empirical evidence (with, admittedly, a fair bit a… Read more