Sunday, March 12, 2006

Mahalanobis quotability hits new high
Social acceptability of economists under further review

Woman is Venus, man is Pluto (with pic) - Attack of the 'tail people': "The difference in means is small relative to the standard deviations of each distribution. Now the really smart scientists at Harvard and MIT would infer this to prove that women and men are basically the same. But given tail people are so prominent in our culture, I think the differences are profound, especially because the relative proportions become more and more disparate the longer you go out. Freaks like Ivy-league math professors, supermodels, athletes, or best-selling authors, reflect this." - Mahalanobis

The better part of charity is benign neglect: "One of the saddest thoughts is that on the whole, the benevolence of mankind does more harm than good. It suggests that our instincts towards altruism are dysfunctional at the macro-level. As Herbert Spencer noted, the ultimate effect of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools, and charity to "the poor" subsidizes behavior that got them there." - Mahalanobis

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